Yard Transformation- Part 2

After finishing Part One of our yard transformation, we couldn’t wait to start on Part Two- expanding our patio area with pavers. The existing patio that was put in was SO TINY. Basically, our grill fit and nothing else. Not very conducive to spending time outdoors in the hot Colorado summers with kiddos and a dog. We needed enough space for our grill, table and chairs, and whatever summer toys we had. 

Let’s just say the project was a little more labor intensive than the husband anticipated. The project was quickly started, but, once day-to-day life stepped in, our progress slowed down. Plus, we underestimated how many pavers we would need to complete the expansion! 

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Crunchy Mama D’s Oatmeal

Now that we have two kiddos under 3 and I’m back to work part-time (back full-time in January), I have been trying really hard to make my mornings easy and as stress-free as possible, while maximizing sleep! One way I have been doing that is making a week’s worth of oatmeal and dividing it up for the work week on Sunday. Having a delicious and pretty healthy breakfast is a must-have for busy mamas (whether you’re working or not!). The great thing about oatmeal is that you can mix in pretty much anything, and, it’s TASTY! I keep mine pretty simple with just some raisins, maple syrup, coconut oil, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Check out my recipe and add-in ideas below for a filling and simple breakfast all week!

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Crockpot Onion Mushroom Chicken

With another little one on the way, I’ve been trying to search for easy crockpot meals. I have been very un-creative lately and our dinners are suffering. I love finding recipes like the one below- easy, quick, and delicious! This has become my go-to for days I have no clue what to do for dinner. I serve it with pasta (rotini or penne, but, spaghetti would be great, too!).

Crockpot Onion Mushroom Chicken
Serves 4
One of the EASIEST crockpot recipes I have ever tried (and loved!). My entire family loves it and it's quick to throw together in the morning before work.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 hr
Total Time
8 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 chicken breasts
  2. 1 can (10.5 oz) Cream of Mushroom soup
  3. 1 packet (2 oz) dry onion soup mix
  4. 1/4 milk
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in the crockpot (I mix the soup, soup mix, and milk together first then pour over the chicken breasts).
  2. Cook all day.
  3. Serve over rice or pasta.
Notes
  1. This recipe is super easy to double and it will give you more leftovers to freeze or lunch the next day!
Adapted from Food.com
Adapted from Food.com
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5 Simple Eco-Friendly Stain Removers

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Stains. As parents, stains are part of every day. Even if you aren’t a parent, I can guarantee you’ve ruined a shirt here and there and buried it deep in your closet because you couldn’t figure out how to get a spot out! Our guest blogger from HireHouseCleaners Kensington, explains some of the best eco-friendly stain removers below. I bet you’ll find one that you didn’t even think of before!


 

You are probably well acquainted with all those unpleasant and stubborn stains that cannot be removed from surfaces at home. It is true that nowadays there are a lot of strong detergents that promise to remove all spots, no matter of their origin. In spite of their innumerable benefits, commercial stain removers are often more toxic than you can imagine.

Another alternative that has recently become very popular is to use eco stain removers. They are a cost-effective decision and are easily applied on a wide range of surfaces.

In case you have still not explored all the advantages of non-toxic stain removers, read below to find out some valuable tips!
You do not need to be an expert to remove nasty stains – as long as you are acquainted with the right instructions and with the best eco friendly stain removers, you’ll get rid of those stains in no time!

Do not feel panicked when you observe a stain on the surfaces- the most important thing is to treat it right away, because, if you wait for a longer time, you do not stand a very good chance to remove the stain.

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Here are several effective eco stain removers:

Baking Soda

Baking soda has proven its efficiency for removing stains from almost every origin. It is especially suitable for cleaning biological stains like vomit and urine, and, baking soda effectively neutralizes the unpleasant odors. One effective recipe is to mix baking soda with water and to rub the stain with the paste that you have made. If it is a really nasty stain, you may need to alternate with vinegar.

White Vinegar
White vinegar always tends to be an excellent decision when it comes to eco-friendly stain removers. It is particularly suitable when you treat plant-based and dye-like stains as well as stains from coffee and tea. You can also apply it for stains caused by mildew and mold. It is inexpensive and it is also easily found in the nearest stores. The acetic acid in the vinegar makes it one of the best homemade stain removers.

Enzymes

You have probably not tried the amazing properties of enzymes but I assure you that they are great when it comes to breaking down substances like carbohydrates and proteins. This means that they can be ideally applied on a wide range of food stains. Of course, you may also search for laundry detergents with enzymes, but it is always better to spray the stain with a cleaner solution that contains enzymes such as ones from HireHouseCleaners Kensington.

Oxygen Bleach
What differs between oxygen bleach and the extra toxic chlorine bleach is that it consists of natural soda crystals and hydrogen peroxide. When it is mixed with water, the oxygen bleach releases and works perfectly for the removing of a wide range of stains. It is usually found in a dry powder-like form or crystals.

Rubbing Alcohol
This is another eco-friendly stain remover that is able to dissolve stains from ink and other similar substances. Instead of turning to commercial products, feel free to apply it and enjoy the incredible results. The ink stain will quickly disappear and your carpets and surfaces will become cleaner.

These are several eco-friendly stain removers that will help you to get rid of stains in an easy way. Instead of spending a lot of money on commercial cleaning products that are often harmful for your health, do not hesitate to try these natural cleaners. Stains on clothing, carpets, tablecloths, and more will easily disappear thanks to these magical stain removers.

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