Carlee AKA Frugal and Fun Mom

Apr 182014
 

I was provided samples of Air Wick’s Familiar Favorites Collection to facilitate this post, opinions expressed are that of my own.

Air Wick's Familiar Favorites Collection Baby Magic, Cinnabon, and Snuggle

If you are a fan of Baby Magic, Cinnabon, and Snuggle you will be excited to know that Air Wick has tapped these fantastic scents, and created products that you can enjoy at home ANYTIME.

The Air Wick’s Familiar Favorites collection is available in stores now, and can be purchased in Scented Oils and Freshmatic Automatic Spray refills.  Each package retails for $5.99.

Air Wick's Familiar Favorites Collection Baby Magic, Cinnabon, and Snuggle

This was actually my first experience with the Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra product, and the installation could not have been any easier. I simply opened up the automatic sprayer, (confirming it was in the off position first) and placed the refill inside.

I closed it, and then selected the level of desired fragrance.  According to product information at one of their retailers, Amazon, this dispenser can be set at intervals of 9, 18 or 36 minutes and 1 refill can last up to 60 days.

Air Wick Freshmatic Installation

I ended up placing the stylish neutral colored Freshmatic Ultra on a shelf in my office area and it immediately went to spraying periodically throughout the day.

As per the directions I placed this 6 feet above the floor. Please refer to the packaging for complete installation instructions.

Air Wick Freshmatic Installation

I got an opportunity to sample all three of these scents, and they smell great. However,  I have to admit that if I had to pick one favorite it would be the Cinnabon.  

I love the smell of Cinnamon.

Air Wick  Freshmatic in Decor

If you wonder how well this works, I can smell it through the back part of my home when it sprays. It even helped eliminate the smell of a fish dinner. 

Which of these new Air Wick scents would you like to try first? Which room in your home would you put a Freshmatic?

Visit airwick.us for more information about the Familiar Favorites Collection and for other scents and products.

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Apr 162014
 

I was provided a Mohawk Home Quatrefoil SmartStrand Carved Rug to facilitate this post. Opinions expressed are that of my own.

Quatrefoil SmartStrand Carved Rug Mohawk Home

I have dogs, a cat, and live in a household with 4 other people.  My living room gets A LOT of traffic, and it is an area that my family spends most of our time in.

When we first moved in our home, I made a choice of an area rug that worked out for the short-term, but really did not provide a long-term solution for decorating or function.  It was pretty, but large for the room which made it the area look smaller.

Plus it had dark patches which showed everything, it limited the colors I could decorate with, and really did not provide any type of barrier between our feet and hardwood floor.

Quatrefoil SmartStrand Carved Rug Mohawk Home

Thanks to Mohawk Home, I was given a rug to transform my busiest room in the house, and provide a beautiful centerpiece along with comfort.

The Quatrefoil SmartStrand Carved Rug, is 6X9 in diameter, has a cross raised design, and comes in 6 colors.  These colors include Crystal Stream, Desert Star, Golden Buff, Pale Sky, Soft Mink, and Sweet Nectar. It retails for $194.99 and is available for purchase at Overstock.com.

Of course proof is in the pictures, and here is the before and after:

Before Mohawk Rug

After Quatrefoil SmartStrand Carved Rug Mohawk Home

Since I have boxers with brown to red-brown hair, I decided to go with the Sweet Nectar. I have used this for a couple of weeks now and this color was an excellent choice because the hair they shed is not such an eye soar. 

So why do I like this rug?

First off it is really pretty, I love the cross design.  Second, it is a perfect size to pull my living room area together. Third, it is comfortable, feels great under my feet, and my kids and dogs are enjoying laying all over it.

Since it is a neutral color,  I can also get new pillows and not worry about the colors clashing.

Geometric Cross Design on Quatrefoil SmartStrand Carved Rug

In addition, when you have an older rug and dogs, it obviously absorbs their odor over time.  Replacing my existing rug with the Quatrefoil SmartStrand Carved Rug immediately freshened up my home and made they area smell “NEW”.

What do you like about the Quatrefoil SmartStrand Carved Rug? If you purchased it, which color would you pick? 

To learn more about Mohawk Home Rugs visit them at their website at mohawkhome.com.

Look for this product and other Mohawk Home Rugs online at sites like Overstock.com and Amazon.com.  You can also find them at Rug and Flooring Retailers .

For decorating ideas and inspirations Subscribe to their blog MohawkHomeScapes.com, follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/mohawkhome, Twitter at twitter.com/mohawk_home, and Pinterest at pinterest.com/mohawkhome.

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Apr 162014
 

Red Potato Soup Recipe

It was a little cool out the other day, and it put me in the mood for Potato Soup.  As always, I decided to use what I had on hand, so I put together a dish with Red Potatoes. I even threw in some Green Onion from my garden.

This is a hearty soup that could be served as a side or as a meal. If it is any indication of how good it turned out, my 5-year-old daughter asked for seconds.  I ended up eating it 2 days in a row.

Red Potato Soup Recipe!  An Easy Side or Dinner Idea!

If you would like to recreate this dish, here is the recipe and directions:

Red Potato Soup Recipe

Estimate, Serves 5-6 as a side.  Serves 3-4 as a meal.

5 cups of chopped Red Potatoes (Skin left on)

1/4 Cup of Diced Green Onion

1 /4 Tsp of Garlic Powder

1/2 Tsp of Salt

1/8 Tsp of Pepper

1 Cup of Milk

1 1/2 Cups of Water

Optional: Shredded Sharp Cheddar

Red Potato Soup Recipe!  An Easy Side or Dinner Idea!

Directions:

First chop up the Red Potatoes and put them on to boil for 30 minutes. Dice the Green Onion while waiting.

Red Potato Soup Recipe!  An Easy Side or Dinner Idea!

Then, drain the potatoes and mash.  I just used a hand masher and left it a little chunky.

Red Potato Soup Recipe!  An Easy Side or Dinner Idea!

Next, add the garlic, salt, pepper, milk, water, and Green Onion.

Red Potato Soup Recipe!  An Easy Side or Dinner Idea!

Combine and cook on Medium for 5 to 10 minutes stirring occasionally (watch to avoid burning). Then move to a low setting, continuing to stir occasionally for 20 minutes.

Red Potato Soup Recipe!  An Easy Side or Dinner Idea!

While waiting, shred the sharp cheddar. When the soup is ready, serve plain or top with cheese.

Red Potato Soup Recipe!  An Easy Side or Dinner Idea!

The soup turned out yummy, and is so simple to make.  I love that it has all kinds of great texture. 

Do you make a potato soap as well?  What ingredients do you include?

If you try this out, let me know what you think.

FFM

Apr 152014
 

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Pull-Ups. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

Big Kid Wearing Pullups

As you may recall, I have started the potty training process with my toddler and we recently moved into the 3rd month of his adventure. We have been having lots of interesting conversations about who goes “pee” and “poop” and this includes referencing Daa Daa, Maa Maa, Sissy, Bubba and even,”Dog go POOP!”.

My son continues to be very interested in the process and is really proud of his “Big Boy” pants. He even heads to his room and goes right to the Pull-Ups when it is time to be changed.

Potty Training with Pull-ups

I have seen a lot of progress from when we started, and although my guy hasn’t made his “first flush”, when his pants get dirty he has started coming to me and saying, “I pee MAA MAA.” I also get plenty of visits in the bathroom, and he will sit on his potty fully clothed. We end up having bathroom discussions, and he has to say “Bye Bye” when we flush the toilet. We are have plenty of fun with this!

If you also are getting ready to start your own adventure, or are looking for resources for Potty Training, read on for additional links that are helping us with our journey. 

Free Resources and Tips for Potty Training

The FREE Big Kid App, is available for Apple and Android smart phones and offers rewards functions, videos & songs, and the The Big Kid Timer. 

The Big Kid Timer sends you and your little one a reminder when it is time to use the potty. It can be set-up with a greeting from Mike Wazowski or Sully from Monster’s University.

We have continued to use this App and I have found it really helpful. One of the NEW things that we recently discovered is the Big Kid 3D Celebration.

Big Kid 3D Celebration Sticker

Look inside Pull-Ups packages and you will find a large sticker. This activates the 3D part of the App by hovering your electronic device over the logo.

PullUps Big Kid 3D Celebration in App

Once it is set-up, Disney Characters like Mickey and Rapunzel will come to life on your phone. All of my kids were totally amazed by this, and each of them took a turn playing or watching it.

PullUps Big Kid 3D Celebration in App

In addition to the Big Kid App, there is the Pull-Ups Big Kid Academy. It includes variations of the song the Potty Dance, Reward Ideas through the Rewards Wheel, and so much more.

Definitely have your child give the Rewards Wheel a spin, it is a fun way to potty train and is customizable to your own specific reward ideas.

Potty Training with Pull-ups

Also, if you are looking for some ways to make potty training even more fun, Pull-Ups and The First Years, a maker of potty training systems and seats, has partnered up to make systems with your child’s favorite Disney characters. As a bonus, when you purchase these potty seats and chairs, you will also receive a free sample pack of Pull-Ups Training Pants. 

Are you, or did you use a potty training system or seat during your child’s potty training journey? What things proved most helpful to your little one during the transition from diapers to potty training?

If you would like to see where we have been with our Potty Training Adventure visit, Taking My 3rd Potty Training Adventure as a Pull-Ups First Flush Ambassador! and Potty Training With Pull-Ups “Big Boy Pants” #CelebrateFirstFlush and the FREE Big Kid App!

To learn more about Pull-Ups visit them online at the Pull-Ups website and also visit them at their Facebook page and Twitter page.

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Apr 112014
 

EASY Easter DIY With A Mason Jar or Spaghetti Sauce Container

If you are wanting to make an inexpensive Easter Decoration using items you already have, check out this Spaghetti Jar Craft my family made.

Of course you can always use a Mason Jar for this, but I decided to upcycle a couple of glass spaghetti jars I had saved.  In addition, I used left over grass from Easter Baskets, Eggs from the Dollar Store, and T-shirt Material that came from a pair of old shorts.

To recreate this craft, you will need:

1 Glass Jar with a lid

Easter Grass

4 Easter Eggs

Spring Material

Scissors

As always, safety first!  I closely observed this craft with my 5-year-old to avoid any accidents with the glass or scissors. Depending upon your child’s maturity, you may have to do more or less.

EASY Easter DIY With A Mason Jar supplies

Tip: This is a really easy craft to create, however before you start, you will need to remove the label from the Jar. To remove it, tear as much as you can off and then soak in cold water for a couple of minutes. Then, rub dish soap on it, and scrap it off with your nails. It should come off pretty easy.

EASY Easter DIY With A Mason Jar with grass and eggs

First, place some Easter Grass in the jar.

Second, add an egg.  Then repeat this step until all the eggs are all in the jar.

Making EASY Easter DIY With A Mason Jar supplies

Next, cut a square of material out that is enough to overlap the top of the jar. I did this part as well since I had to use utility scissors.

Finally, put the lid on, add the material, and tie this on with a piece of Easter Grass. When you are finished find a visible area with lighting so all the pretty colors can shine through.

EASY Easter DIY With A Mason Jar

Do you make a similar craft at home?  What supplies do you use?

I think these look great in groups of 3, and would be perfect for a shelf or a table centerpiece. My daughter and I had fun making them and now we have decorations that can be used over and over again.

If you decide to make this craft, let me know how it turns out.

Enjoy!

FFM

Apr 102014
 

I was provided a travel stipend to visit Bailey Farms during a Blogger Event to learn about BellaFina Peppers.  Opinions expressed are that of my own.

Bellafina Peppers at Bailey Farms

Wanting to add more color to your meals and more vegetables to your diet? I recently visited a farm here in Florida that grows a product that will do exactly that.

Bailey Farms, which operates here in South Florida and in North Carolina, is a company that grows a variety of crops that mostly consists of peppers. One unique item that is grown at this facility is a variety of sweet colorful peppers called BellaFina.

Bailey Farms visit

BellaFina peppers are used in a variety of dishes including salads, stews, and are often stuffed with a variety of meats, cheeses, and grains. They are a food that is low calorie, fat free, sodium free, and high in Vitamin C.

On a recent Blogger trip to the the Ft. Myers Florida area, myself and other Bloggers got to see first hand where these Baby Bell Peppers (BellaFinas) are grown, nurtured, and packed to be sold.

Randy Bailey at Bailey Farms

Randy Bailey the owner the farm, explained to us the method with which they use for growing these special peppers.  Then the scientist behind the development of these peppers, Bill McCarthy, gave us a background on how this hybrid came to be a reality.

Bellafina Pepper Plants in the field at Bailey Farms

Randy then showed us other items that they grow on the farm. There were Chilis, Poblanos, Jalapenos, and other peppers, and he even showed us a Tomatillo that they grow.

Randy Bailey Discussing Crops at Bailey Farms

After our education on peppers, Randy invited us all to go out and hand-pick our own peppers to take home.  The field was packed with so many colorful plants lined with vibrant colors of red, orange, and yellow.

I just took a bag and went to picking my veggies right off the plants. I had plenty. 

Bellafina Pepper Plants

I was really excited about this because my kids asked if I would be bringing home some peppers. I also looked forward to sampling them.

After tasting these, in my opinion BellaFina taste like no other pepper. They are mild, sweet, and remind of a fruit versus a typical strong-tasting Bell Pepper.

Production facility of Bellafina Peppers at Bailey Farms

After our farm tour, we went to their packing area to see how the peppers are sorted and prepared to head to the store.

Seeing all the colors together just reminded me again how pretty these peppers really are.

Bellafina Peppers in the packing house at Bailey Farms

After the packing tour, we headed over to lunch.  Now we were getting to see these peppers in action, and put them to the cooking taste test.

Bellafina Peppers Menu at Bailey Farms

There was a gourmet lunch prepared by Local Chefs John and Susan Maranda. They created dishes where the BellaFina Pepper was either highlighted or used as the main ingredient.

It all tasted amazing, and I especially liked the Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing and the Stuffed BellaFina Peppers with Anchovies and Capers. I know now that I want to try other recipes with these peppers stuffed.

For other BellaFina recipes visit baileyfarmsinc.com/#recipes.

Centerpieces made with colorful peppers

I have to admit that one of the things that stuck out to me at the meal, was our edible centerpiece. It was beautiful, and it gave me a great idea for summertime table decor.

This will probably be showing up on of my tables as a decoration.

Bellafina Peppers at home

Of course when I got home I had to display my peppers in a bowl but they did stay there very long.  The kids and I were gobbling them up and my toddler was even eating them.

Have you ever tried a BellaFina Peppers before? If so, have you tried them in a dish, or plain?

To learn more about Bailey Farms and Bellafina Peppers visit the website at baileyfarmsinc.com, You can also follow them on social media on Facebook at facebook.com/Bailey-Farms-Inc and Twitter at twitter.com/baileyfarms.

Look for BellaFina Peppers in supermarkets such as Walmart, Publix and other national chains. They will also be coming out in a plant form to grow at home as well.

FFM

Apr 092014
 

Frugal and Fun Mom is an ambassador for Tickety Toc. I was provided a complimentary a Spring Chicks Time DVD for review, opinions expressed are that of my own.

Spring Chicks Time Tickety Toc

Just in time for warm weather, Tickety Toc has released their newest DVD called Spring Chicks Time!

This DVD includes all of the shows favorite characters including the twins Tommy and Tallulah, and has adventures perfect for the Spring Season. It also features the colorful characters of Pufferty a dog train , a culinary cow called Madame Au Lait, a Bat named Battersby, and many more.

The episodes include  “Spring Chicks Time”, “Nature Trail Time”, “Picnic Time”, “Watermelon Time”, “Veggie Time”, and “Bug Time”.

Tickety Toc Coloring Sheet with Kite and Tommy and Tallulah

My family has enjoyed watching this DVD and as usual the shows contain good content that I like my kids to watch. The episodes are wholesome, fun, and have life lessons appropriate for my preschooler.  It touches on subjects like problem solving, helping others, and learning what it means to be on time “AKA Chime Time”.

As a bonus to this DVD, we were also given a neat Kite Coloring Sheet that coincides with the first episode “Spring Chicks Time”. Both my daughter and son had a great time using their creativity, and they used that to design their own unique kite. To print this coloring page,  click here: Tickety Toc Spring Chicks Time FREE Printable Coloring Sheet with Kite.

 

Tickety Toc Design Your Own Kite Coloring

 

Does you child (children) watch Tickety Toc? Who is their favorite Character?

Spring Chicks Time retails for $14.98 and runs  for 68 minutes.  It is available for purchase now and can be found in stores and online at sites like Amazon here: Tickety Toc: Spring Chicks Time.

For more information on the Tickety Toc series, visit nickjr.com/tickety-toc. You can also “like” them on Facebook at facebook.com/ticketytoc or follow on Twitter at@ticketytoc.

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Apr 072014
 

This post brought to you by Fresh From Florida. All opinions are 100% mine.

Florida-Blueberry-Cheesecake_recipe

I love this time of year because all types of yummy fruits are coming into season here in Florida!

One of our family favorite fruits are Blueberries, and I turn these into all types of goodies including muffins, parfaits, and of course the best (which is my kid’s favorite) is simply dipping them in a little sugar.

If you are looking for a great resource for Blueberry Recipes, Fresh From Florida has an awesome variety of ideas. I just check out the site and one of the dishes that jump right off the page at me, was an EASY Florida Blueberry Cheesecake.

FYI, what is great about this treat is it is based on using a premade cheesecake or your favorite plain cheesecake recipe!  I am all about the short-cuts. 

If you would like to recreate this dessert, details are below.

Florida Blueberry Cheesecake Recipe! Serves: 6 to 12

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole cheesecake (homemade or store bought)
  • 4 pints Florida blueberries, rinsed
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup natural Florida sugar
  • Fresh mint sprigs for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a small sauce pot, combine 2 pints blueberries, sugar, lemon juice and water.
  2. Place sauce pot over medium high heat.
  3. Stir contents of pot as it comes to a boil, reduce heat to simmer.
  4. Cook blueberry mixture for 20 minutes or until it coats the back of a spoon.
  5. Strain blueberry sauce through a sieve if desired.
  6. Let blueberry sauce cool to room temperature, and store in the refrigerator until needed.
  7. Top the cheesecake with some of the cooled blueberry sauce, leaving extra for garnish.
  8. Place fresh leftover blueberries on top of the cheesecake and garnish with fresh mint.
  9. Serve the blueberry topped cheesecake with extra blueberry sauce.

What is your favorite recipe featuring fresh blueberries? (Of course the Fresh From Florida ones!)

Fresh From Florida also has recipes for Florida Berry Snack Bars, a Florida Blueberry Smoothie, Florida Blueberry Cobbler, Blueberry Biscuit Cookies, and Florida Blueberry Key Lime Pie.  Visit their website for complete details.

Looking for additional Florida inspired meals and dessert ideas? For updates, be sure to like Fresh From Florida on Facebook and also follow them at Fresh From Florida on Twitter.

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Apr 022014
 

The following is a sponsored post on behalf of Flipp.  The Free App details were provided by the advertiser, opinions expressed about the Flipp App are that of my own.

 Free Spring Cleaning Apps

Between preparing taxes and the weather warming up, I am getting in the mood to start cleaning and organizing.

This means it is time to shred documents, move furniture around to dust, put away the winter clothes, and pack away items into totes. If you are starting to feel the same way as me, you also know that you will be needing supplies.

Flipp App

To make this process easier Flipp, a shopping app, saves valuable time and money by finding the deals on all the things needed to clean and organize for this Spring.

Flipp App

The Flipp App is FREE to download, and will instantly give access to popular store ads and their sales. Available on itunes and Android.

You can search this App by store ad, brand, or item and use a “discount slider” to highlight products with the best deals and savings.

Once you find what you want, simply tap the item and add to your “clipping”. It will then organize the items on your shopping list visually and by store.

Check out the following video to see how Flipp works:

I had a chance to check out the app, and I found it really easy to navigate and use. I saw flyers for JCPenney, CVS, Winn Dixie, Family Dollar, and more. They update these all the time and add a “NEW” label once a flyer has been added to the page.

No need to worry now if you left your ad at home, you have it right on your mobile device.

Flipp App

Have you tried the Flipp App before?  Which features in the application do you like?

I am hoping they will eventually have the weekly Publix ad, I could use that one all the time.

Flipp App

Want to continue to make YOUR Spring Cleaning EASIER?

Be sure to also check out these other FREE Apps that help organize and ready for the season!

Hometalk – has home design tips and advice. You can browse photos, ask questions, and research projects.

Spring Cleaning Checklist – provides helpful tips and lists of what/how to clean and organize. 

My Things –  helps keep track of household items for easy access and organization. This inventory app helps locate stored items  by providing their locations.

Gardening Guide – gives advice and tricks to help ready and plant a garden. It also has a checklist and a list of typical rookie gardener mistakes.

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