Turbo Tax is on sale at Amazon today!

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Creating Community for Moms in Culver City – Culver City, CA Patch

Creating Community for Moms in Culver City – Culver City, CA Patch.

This is about my mommy group!  🙂

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MODERN CALLIGRAPHY by Hillary Cannon by featherletter on Etsy

MODERN CALLIGRAPHY by Hillary Cannon by featherletter on Etsy.

Check out this really cool calligraphy!

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YouTube – Rear facing vs forward facing position in the car

YouTube – Rear facing vs forward facing position in the car.

My son is a little over 18 months at this point and I’ve had several moms ask me why I keep him rear facing or when I will be turning him front facing. I’m probably going to wait at least another 6 months. In fact, I’ll probably go as long as I can. I got a really high rear facing limit car seat (Britax Boulevard) for this reason.

After all, the car seat is for his protection not my convenience.

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Cooking a Whole Chicken in the Crock Pot

This recipe (if I can even call it that) is soooo easy and absolutely delicious! I’m sure most of you realize how inexpensive a whole chicken is, but if you don’t realize it they are usually around $1.99/lb  – and that’s for free-range!

As much as I love a yummy whole chicken, who really wants to spend the time cooking it in the oven? I know I don’t. And you know those “ready-to-eat” chickens you get at the store? Well, most of them say in the instructions to cook in the oven for 20 minutes before eating. I’ve had my fair share of dried out chickens, but no more! Enter the crock pot.

For the most mouth watering, juicy chicken all you need is just a few ingredients and you will end up with white meat so moist that it is easily mashed with a baby’s plastic fork!  The only drawback is that skin doesn’t get crispy. I don’t usually eat the skin, so for me its no big deal, but my hubby loves crispy skin. So I figured out a solution, just check out my tips at the bottom to handle that.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Whole Chicken (whatever size will fit in your crock pot – I usually get one around 5 pounds)
  • 1-2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed – you can press it, but I normally take the ridged side of a meat tenderizer to smash it
  • Sliced onion – optional

Directions:

Remove the giblets bag from chicken, then rinse the chicken in cold water.  Put the chicken in the crockpot. Mix salt, paprika and thyme together in a small container. Shake about 3/4 of mixture in the inside of the chicken. Place the 3 cloves of garlic inside the chicken.  Rub the remaining salt mixture on the top of the chicken. Lay the onion slices on top of the chicken, any that don’t fit just have lose in the pot.  No need to add any liquid, the chicken has plenty!

Turn the crock pot on high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8.

Enjoy!

Tips:

You can substitute oregano, rosemary or savory for the thyme… they’re all delicious! However, rosemary & savory have a distinct flavor so if you’re going to use the chicken leftovers for other meals, I’d stick to they thyme or oregano.

If you have a ceramic crock pot, once the chicken is done or about a half hour away from finishing, you can put the entire crock pot (without the lid) into the oven on 450° to crisp up the skin.

Or you can just take some of the skin off and put it on a pan in a oven (toaster oven works good for this) for about 10 minutes on a fairly high heat.

If you have a strainer, strain the liquid out. You can freeze it and you now have your own ready to use chicken broth. Although, you might want to add a bit more water because the broth will be VERY rich.

When you get down to the end, remove all the bones from the chicken and make your own chicken salad. We mix it with cottage cheese to make it a bit healthier. My son LOVES it!

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This Week in MOM: Resolution Revelations! on Shine

I was recently interviewed when I was out and about in Los Angeles and having lunch at the Farmer’s Market.  Milan was super fidgety when they were filming, you can see him trying to get away!  🙂

This Week in MOM: Resolution Revelations! on Shine.

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Solution to getting a piece of jewelry on the verge of going down the drain

While at Christmas dinner tonight, my cousin’s wife and I were talking about losing jewelry. I mentioned to her how I almost lost one of my (tiny) diamond earrings. The back had fallen off and I couldn’t find it. The next morning when I went to get in the shower, I noticed it teetering on the edge of the drain, just barely keeping from falling down.

I knew that my clumsy fingers were sure to knock it down the drain, after all I was never really great at the game Operation (although I wasn’t bad at Perfection). So instead of panicking, I grabbed some really sticky packing tape, tore off a piece, held it so bowed out and picked up the earring with the tape. I’m sure duct tape would’ve worked quite well, too.

Hopefully you’ll never have to worry about a piece of jewelry teetering on the edge of a drain, but if you do maybe this will help you out.

NOTE: I do not think the tape method would work well for a heavy piece of jewelry.

DISCLAIMER:  If you do try this and the piece of jewelry goes down the drain, I am not liable.

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Donate a toy easily through Amazon.com

Every year the Today show on NBC has an amazing toy drive. This year Amazon.com has teamed up with them to make it even easier. Just go to Amazon.com/today and select the toy you want to donate. They’ve got some amazing deals. In fact, some of them are so good you can donate one and pick one up for less than the retail price!

Happy giving everyone!

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Sephora Favorites Best of Basics Makeup Starter Deluxe Sampler

I just recently celebrated my birthday and I got Sephora Favorites Best of Basics Makeup Starter Deluxe Sampler as a gift for myself, especially after I realized that my most of my makeup was about 2 years old or older  (except mascara of course).  So before I went and purchased my usual standbys, I decided to try out this kit and I’m so glad I did.

Here is my review of each item in order of favorites first:

Josie Maran’s argan oil – I’ve been using plain, unrefined coconut oil for years so I already know that not all oil causes acne.  But since we moved in April, I’ve had AWFUL skin. I’ve been breaking out worst than a teenager going through puberty. It recently cleared up when I was on vacation, but I broke out again as soon as I got back. I thought I’d try the oil to see if it’d help. OMG! It has been amazing. I’ve been using it for about a week and all of my acne is almost gone! The first day I used it, my face was so dry that I needed about 8 drops! But now after a week, I only need about 3 drops.  It really is amazing stuff. If you have oily skin, don’t be scared of using it. A little will go a long way and it really helps to balance your skin.

bareMinerals Sugar Cookie Lip Gloss (shimmering pink) – I love the smell of this stuff and the color is such a pretty color. My husband usually hates to kiss me when I’m wearing lip gloss, but he likes the way this one tastes. He says he doesn’t mind because its like getting a double treat at once. 😉 I usually wear it on bare lips, but I also have worn it over a maroon lip liner I have it looks outstanding, too!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel – I’ve used quite a few of brow gels in my life (I have unruly eyebrows). Now that I’m getting older, these pesky little gray hairs have decided to grace my brow line. I’ve been using one stroke of gel on my eyebrows, then a brow shaper brush and then finishing with loose brow powder. Amazing results! Almost as good as when I go to get my eyebrows tinted. No issues with the gel, but I only use one swipe and a shaper brush to distribute it. My eyebrows look as good at the end of the day as they did in the morning.

bareMinerals All-Over Face Color in Glee – I’m not a big blush person, but since this was in the set I thought I’d try it. I’m glad I did because I love the color on my face. I’ve been putting it only on the apples on my cheeks, I think its too dark to use as a contour color. Not sure I’d like it if I had porcelain skin but it looks great on light/medium skin.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – I used to just use my cream foundation to create a base for my eye color, but I recently just switched to using tinted moisturizer. This primer works well. I haven’t tried any other eye primers to compare it but I will definitely be using eye primer from now on.

Lorac Eye Shadow in Serenity (shimmering bronze) – Its a really nice color. A little too shimmery for my liking. But I’ve been putting a matte cream color over it and its really lovely.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes! Mascara – I got this kit because I have wanted to try this mascara and I was soooo excited about it. But I find its just kind of average. I’m blessed with long eyelashes, although they are not voluminous. My biggest gripe with this mascara is that it flakes by the end of the day. I only use one coat, too! However, I rarely need my make up to last very long and I do like that my eyelashes don’t feel dry. As with all samples, its possible that this mascara is a little older. I’m still on the fence as to whether or not I’ll buy it again.

Make Up For Ever Sens’Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser – I’ve only used this twice. It works, so I have no complaints. But I don’t use any waterproof eye make up so I don’t have a problem taking off my eye make up regularly.

Temptu Retouch Powder – I haven’t used this yet, so I can’t give it any kind of review. I have large pores so I try to stay away from powder in general. I also already have some translucent setting powder that I like so I don’t think I’ll try this until its done.

Overall, this is a really great kit for the money and a great way to restock your make up stash. Just wish there was an eye liner in this kit and it’d be perfect!

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New recipe coming – hopefully

At this moment, a new creation is in my crock pot. I’m really excited about this one. I’ve been thinking about this recipe for a couple of months now. The other day when I did the crock pot lasagna, I realized that this recipe should turn out wonderfully in the crock pot. I’ve been too scared to try it in the oven. Hopefully later today or tomorrow, you’ll see a new recipe here because that’ll mean it turned out good.

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