T-fal Clipso Pressure Cooker and Zabada Review & Giveaway {And a Recipe Too!}

Disclosure: I was provided with a T-fal Pressure Cooker and Zabada cleaning cloth for review purposes.  As always, all opinions are my own.

At the end of an average day, I have about 20-25 minutes to get dinner on the table before my kids start to lose it or it just becomes too late to make anything.  As a result, I’m always looking for ways to speed up the cooking process.  So when I was presented with the opportunity to try the T-fal Clipso Pressure Cooker, I jumped at the chance.  T-Fal Clipso Pressure CookerIf you’ve never cooked with a pressure cooker before (I hadn’t), it’s a large stock pot-sized pot with a heavy lid that clamps on to the sides of the pot.  Place the pot on your stove top, secure the lid by pressing down on the on the locking mechanism in the middle of the lid, and you’re cooking with pressure!  And since the T-fal Clipso Pressure Cooker is equipped with a stainless steel  interior and exterior, a easy one handed open/close, and a safety valve that automatically begins to work and remove steam, pressure cooking is easier and safer than ever.   The T-fal Pressure Coooker not only save time cooking, but they can also save on electricity.

Of course, there’s a bit of a learning curve when it comes to cooking with a pressure cooker.  There are things you can and can’t put in it, like milk for example.  You can’t put too much liquid in it (there are clear markers on the inside of the pot).  And when you’re done cooking your food, there are two different types of releases – the quick pressure release and the slow release.  But lucky for me, the T-fal is actually very user friendly.  Because look what I created:Chicken Enchilada Pasta Recipe In a matter of minutes I had a delicious meal whipped up.  All my food cooked quickly and evenly, and I managed to have a good, quality meal on the table before my kids lost it.  In other words, between 20-25 minutes.

Want to make this delicious dish?  It’s easy.

You will need:
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
3/4 cup diced onion
1 tsp minced garlic
1 can enchilada sauce  (19 oz.)
1 can original Rotel tomatoes (10 oz.)
1 1/4 cup water
1 package taco seasoning mix (1.25 oz)
2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, uncooked and diced
3 cups dried rotini pasta
2 cups shredded Mexican cheese
Green onions, cilantro, and sour cream to garnish

Step 1 - Add oil to the pressure cooking pot.  Once the oil is hot, add onion and sauté until tender.  This took me somewhere between 5-7 minutes.  Add garlic and sauté for one more minute.

Step 2 - Add enchilada sauce, tomatoes, water, and taco seasoning mix to pressure cooking pot and stir until combined. Add diced chicken breasts and pasta.  Stir.

Step 3 - Cover and lock lid in place. Turn your heat to high and cook for 4 minutes.  Turn off pressure cooker and use a quick pressure release (that’s where you drop the bottom of the pot into cool water while the cap is still on).

Step 4 - Place the pot back on the stove over medium-high heat (without the lid on).  Heat and stir until the pasta is tender.  This took me about 3 minutes.

Step 5 - Turn off pressure cooker and pour pasta into a baking dish (I used an 9 inch round dish). Sprinkle the cheese on top of the pasta and broil until the cheese is melted and starting to brown.

Step 6 - Served topped with green onions, cilantro, and sour cream.  If you have some olives, they would probably be a great garnish as well.  Enjoy!

Chicken Enchilada Pasta The only bad part about this dish is that it does create a bit of a mess.  My stove top, pressure cooker, and baking dish were all in need of a scrub afterwards.  But instead of paper towel or cleaners, I used my Zabada Kitchen Handy.  With a “Grime” side to tackle sinks, benches, appliances, baking trays, pots and pans, and a “Grease” side to clean stove tops, inside your oven, range hood and pots, my Zabada Kitchen Handy was able to clean my entire kitchen after I was done cooking.  Best of all, it doesn’t require any chemicals at all, just water!  And I don’t think my kitchen or pressure cooker could have been any cleaner!

Now for the best part!  I’m giving away a T-Fal Clipso Pressure Cooker and a Zabada cleaning cloth to one lucky reader!  Enter using the the rafflecopter form below!  Good luck everyone! a Rafflecopter giveaway


And to learn more about T-Fal, make sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.  And don’t forget to follow Zabada on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Now for the hop!Merry-Christmas-Giveaway-Hop Welcome to the Merry Christmas Giveaway Hop hosted by Planet Weidknecht and LeahSay’s Views!  To kick off the holidays several bloggers got together to and decided to host giveaways.   Each blogger is offering a prize with at least $25, so there are some great prizes to be won.  But hurry, because this hop only goes until December 8th and there are lots of participating bloggers!  Start hopping now so you don’t miss a giveaway!  Good luck!

$15 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Anything-Goes-Hop-250x250-300x300Welcome to the Anything Goes Hop!

This hop is hosted by The Review Wire and The Frugal Find. All participating blogs are offering a prize of at least $15. Now is your chance to seek out some awesome prizes for those on your Christmas list, but you berry hurry the hop ends on November 24th! Both The Review Wire and The Frugal Find are offering a prize you don’t want to miss!

For this giveaway, one lucky winner is going to receive a $15 Amazon Gift Card! With the holidays right around the corner, that’s a little extra shopping for family, friends, or yourself. Enter using the rafflecopter form below and it could be yours! Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway


And now that you’ve entered my giveaway, make sure to hop around to all the other participating blogs to win some great prizes!
Disclaimer: This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on November 24, 2014. The Anything Goes Event Bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. Companies and bloggers, if you would like to participate in group giveaway events like this one, sign up to be emailed about future events hosted by Review Wire Media.

Treat Yourself to a $25 Starbucks Gift Card {Giveaway!}

We’re just a couple of weeks away from Halloween and there’s one thing that’s on everyone’s mind… treats!

Welcome to the Treat Yourself Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network! In this Hop, you’ll find lots of special treats to keep you entering giveaways until it’s time to go out and gather your own – so be sure to hop around to all the giveaways in the Hop Linky below and don’t miss the AMAZING Grand Prize Giveawayfrom Step2!Treat YourselfGPFor this event, I’m giving one lucky reader a $25 Starbucks eGift Card, so you can really treat yourself!starbucks-logo

Enter using the rafflecopter form below and it could be yours!  Good luck everyone!

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And be sure to hop around to all the other participating blogs to win some great prizes!



So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Treat Yourself participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Travelin with Baby is Easy with Philips AVENT! {Giveaway}

TravelinWithBabyWelcome to the [3rd Annual] Travelin’ with Baby Giveaway Hop Event, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.

We’ve got a fabulous group of bloggers that have come together to offer giveaways on the best products that make traveling with baby a success – so be sure to hop around to them all. Don’t miss out on the amazing new stroller from Combi USA – the F2 Stroller which is the ultimate lightweight stroller that makes traveling with baby a breeze and a fabulous set of reusable snack pouches and bags from Yummi Pouch! Enter the Grand Prize Here.Travelin with Baby GP UpdatedFor this event, I’m giving away a Philips AVENT Comfort Manual Breast Pump!  You may recall that I’ve gave one of these away earlier in the year, and it was such a successful giveaway that I partnered with AVENT to do it again…because this is the perfect pump for when you’re traveling with baby.New Avent Manual BreastPump 5Want to win?  Great!  Just enter using the rafflecopter form below and it could be yours.  Good luck everyone!

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So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Travelin’ with Baby participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Win in a $25 Gift Card from Halloween Express the SPOOKtacular Giveaway Hop!

Spooktacular-Halloween-HopWelcome to the SPOOKtacular Halloween Hop!

With Halloween being only a few shorts weeks away, we decided that a Hop to help you get ready was in order! This event will run from October 1 through October 15, that gives you enough time to hop on down the list and enter all the SPOOKtacular Giveaways for your GHOULS and GOBLINS! Each blogger is giving away prizes valued $25 or more. Make sure to head over to The Review Wire to enter the Grand Prize: $50 in assorted Halloween Candy from CandyWarehouse.com and a $50 gift card to BuyCostumes.com!

For this event, I’m giving away a $25 Virtual Gift Card to HalloweenExpress.com!  No matter how you plan to celebrate Halloween, Halloween Express has you covered – from decorations to costumes to makeup to props, it’s all there! Halloween ExpressEnter to win using the rafflecopter form below and it could be yours!  Good luck!
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And now that you’ve entered my giveaway, be sure to hop around to all the other participating blogs and enter their giveaways!


Disclaimer: This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on October 15, 2014. The SPOOKtacular Event Bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prizes. Companies and bloggers, if you would like to participate in group giveaway events like this one, sign up to be emailed about future events hosted by Review Wire Media.

Take the Dove One Shower Challenge & Win!

Did you catch it?  A little over a month ago at the Emmys, Dove issued the One Shower Challenge inviting women everywhere to try it’s new, breakthrough body wash formula for softer, smoother skin after just one shower.  Since then, women across the country have accepted the challenge and found out that one shower really is all it takes to change your skin for the better.Dove-logo-275x210_tcm13-290948

So, have you taken the #OneShowerChallenge?  Would you like to?  Well today, Dove is going to treat one lucky reader to a bottle of their new body wash so they take the challenge themselves.  And once you see the difference in your skin, you’ll get to accessorize with this beautiful necklace celebrating the One Shower Challenge!dove

For more information about the #OneShowerChallenge, check out this video:


And don’t forget to enter the giveaway!  Good luck everyone!
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And now for the hop…Happy-Harvest-Giveaway-Hop-BannerWelcome to the Happy Harvest Giveaway Hop!  With cooler temperatures setting in and the trees starting to change colors, we thought this was a perfect time to come together to celebrate fall.  This event is hosted by MamaNYC and features blogs offering a prizes that are at least $25 in value.  So hop around and win some great prizes from October 1st through October 12th!  Good Luck & Happy Fall!

Evenflo Symphony LX: The Only Car Seat You’ll Ever Need! {Review}

 I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own.
Evenflo Symphony XLEverett’s going to be a year old in less than 2 weeks!  Can you believe it?  TWO WEEKS?!  Even as I sit here and type this, it just doesn’t seem possible.  At just under a year, he’s cruising like a champ, exploring his “mamama” and “dadada” sounds, and even has 3 teeth!  And growth?  Yeah, he’s got that down too.  We’ve gotten to the point where I buy him clothing only for him to outgrow it in a number of weeks…not months.  In fact, he was getting so big that his infant car seat was starting to look a bit…uh…snug.  Okay, okay, if I wipe away the mommy denial, it was getting very snug.  So when I got the opportunity to try out the Evenflo Symphony LX with SureSafe All-In-One Car Seat, I jumped at the chance.  After all, he couldn’t stay in that infant seat much longer!Evenflo Carseat ProfileI was really excited the day it arrived.  I took it out of the box, I took pictures of it, posted pictures of it on social media…guys, I was really excited about this car seat.  But installing it?  Yeah, I wasn’t all that excited about installing it.  Because in general, installing car seats is time consuming and tedious.  And when you take into consideration that 70% of car seats are installed improperly (NHTSA, 2006), there’s a better chance that your going to get it wrong than right.  I don’t like those odds when it comes to my family’s safety.

But when I opened the box for the Symphony, I happened to notice the 2 silver Quick Connectors.  These connectors are designed to attach to the lower LATCH anchors and stay in place, for easy connecting.  In other words, no more fishing around blindly for the LATCH anchors in my car!  And removing and re-installing carseats?  No problem!  And you never have to worry about it being installed properly because the seat and Quick Connectors will let you know.  They actually reduce the possibility of improper installation by 50% compared to standard LATCH.  All the guess work and worrying is removed.evenfloSure enough, I had this seat installed in no time – a couple minutes, max.   The hardest thing about installing this seat was moving the LATCH belt from the forward facing position to the rear facing position (by sliding it forward under the seat cushion), and, honestly, that wasn’t hard at all.

But the LATCH guiding Quick Connectors are just one of the many safety features of the Symphony LX.  Because fit is so very important when it comes to car seat safety, the Symphony has a Infinite Slide Harness.  What does that mean?  Simply put, you can adjust the size of the 5-point harness around your child.Evenflo Symphony HarnessWhen you’re ready to go, place your child in the seat and slide the shoulder harness down or up depending on your child’s size.  You do this by placing the red area on the shoulder strap (pictured above) between your thumb and forefinger and pushing up or pulling down.  When it’s in place it will snap into a locked position.  Then pull to tighten the straps (using the strap at the foot of the car seat) and your ready to go.  No need to take the seat out and rethread the straps each time your child grows.  It couldn’t be easier and the seat is completely customized to your child!

For added safety in side impact accidents, the Symphony comes complete with e3 Side Impact Protection.  These 3 layers of engineered foam can reduce side impact force up to 50%.  Evenflo Symphony Side Impact

The innovative buckle pockets allow safe storage of the buckle tongues when not in use.  And not only will they stay cool and out of the sun, thus reducing the chance of burns, they’ll also stay put.  Because how many times have you found yourself trying to get your child into their car seat quickly only to find that they are sitting on the straps?  That can’t be just me.

And with the Evenflo Symphony LX, safety doesn’t stop when they’re babies.  Sure, this seat fits babies as tiny as 5 pounds, but it also fits kids as big as 110 pounds.  For rear facing installation, you place the seat in the reclining position using the recline lever at the front of the seat.Evenflo ReclineWhen you’re ready to turn the seat around to the forward facing position or use it as a booster (Yes!  It can also be used as a booster, too!), use the same lever to put it in a more upright position.  You can see the difference here:Evenflo Symphony Collage

It’s an infant seat, it’s a convertible car seat, and it’s a booster seat – It’s the only car seat you’ll ever need!

And while the Evenflo Symphony is all about safety, it’s also is full of little extras that I’ve grown to love.  Like the material on the seat that easily wipes clean, the one-handed adjustable headrest, and the easy-off seat pad.  And who could forget the cup holders!  Thank goodness for the expandable cup holders that can handle anything from a bottle to sippy cup to a snack trap!

Simply put, I adore our Evenflo Symphony.  Even more than that first day it arrived.  It’s safe.  It’s user friendly.  It’s stylish.  And Everett likes to too!Evenflo Symphony with Toddler

If you’re looking for a new car seat, the Evenflo Symphony with SureSafe All-In-One Car Seat retails for $199.97 and can be found at your local Walmart and Walmart.com.  And be sure to follow Evenflo on Facebook and Twitter for safety tips and additional product information!

Contigo: The Best Just Got Better! {Review & Giveaway}

My work schedule may have been cut down to only 3 days per week – thus alleviating the need to make that 2 hour commute those other 2 days – but I feel like I’m always in the car lately.  Dance, T-Ball, gymnastics, playdates…my kids have places to go, and my car is their taxi. 
So when I started braving this new schedule, there was no doubt that my Contigo West Loop was going with me.  How is a girl supposed to make it through the day without a little caffeine?  Plus, my West Loop keeps hot things hot for hours, and cold things cold even longer.  Basically, it’s the only mug that can keep up with me and my busy schedule. img_logo

So imagine my excitement when Contigo emailed me telling me that they had improved my favorite travel mug.  It was a good day.  And after using the new and improved Contigo West Loop, I can honestly say, they really did make the #1 selling line of travel mugs, even better.

Since I’ve already raved all about the things that I love about my old Contigo West Loop – the patented AUTOSEAL lid that seals between sips, the large double wall stainless seal design that’s durable while fitting a full 16 ounces inside, BPA free materials, sweat-free design – let me focus on how they made the West Loop better.Contigo West Loop Benefits

For example, while the West Loop has always had an AUTOSEAL button to prevent spills, they added a lid-lock to prevent spills in the event that the AUTOSEAL button is pressed accidentally in transport.   Or, I don’t know, little hands get to it…  Whatever the circumstances, the West Loop’s lid-lock has you covered.  Press down on the lock and you are spill proof!  Perfect for when I’m walking out the door in the morning with the baby in one hand, the purse and diaper bag in the other, and my West Loop somewhere in between.  Contigo Lid LockAnd while I’ve never found my Contigo lid particularly difficult to clean, they modified the design so it pivots for even easier cleaning.  Anything that makes cleaning easier is fine by me!

Oh!  And the colors!  I absolutely adore them and the ever-so-slightly more matte finish.  My old West Loop mugs were purple and silver, but I’m so happy to add bright and cheery blue and gorgeous jade to my collection.contigoontheroad

While I’m never going to love mornings (or that dreaded car drop off line at my daughter’s school), my Contigo West Loop certainly makes it a lot easier to bear!

Would you like to win some Contigo West Loop travel mugs of your own?  How about 4 of them?  That’s right, I’m giving away FOUR Contigo West Loop Mugs to one lucky winner!  All you need to do is enter using the rafflecopter form below and they could be yours!  Good luck everyone!
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And now for the hop…Free-for-Fall

Welcome to the It’s a Free for Fall Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.

 The days are getting a bit cooler and Fall is just around the corner! We’re celebrating the upcoming season with a fun giveaway hop. Each blogger in the hop has a prize for you worth at least $25, so don’t forget to hop around to them all in the linky below.

So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Free for Fall participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Win $25 PayPal Cash in the Pumpkin Party Giveaway Hop!

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Welcome to the Pumpkin Party Giveaway Hop
September 23 – October 8

 

Visit each of the participating blogs listed below
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For this event, I’m giving one lucky reader $25 PayPal cash!
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South Florida Families: Win Disney On Ice Tickets Courtesy of County Line Chiropractic!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of County Line Chiropractic. I was provided with complimentary tickets to attend the show. All opinions are 100% my own.

At County Line Chiropractic it’s a family affair. The staff is super friendly, and most importantly, KID FRIENDLY!!! On any given day you will find children tagging along with their parents to appointments. The children love all the attention they get. They snack on healthy fruits, play games, color, do arts and crafts and sometimes even go home a fun little gifts from the Office Manager. The doctors don’t think twice about giving plush toys a “check-up”.

County Line Chiropractic understands that we have busy lives with work, school and activities. They have day, evening and weekend hours, all for your convenience. With 5 convenient South Florida locations, County Line Chiropractic is your families go to source to whisk away the pains of life. They offer rehabilitation services, physical therapy, massages and so much more.

You can also find County Line Chiropractic on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube!

To show South Florida just how much they really care about your family, they are offering you a chance to join them as part of the family and see Disney On Ice: World of Fantasy with County Line Chiropractic and all your favorite Disney characters!!!

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One lucky reader will be randomly selected to win a family 4 pack of Suite tickets to Disney on Ice at the BB&T Center for the 9/18 show at 7pm or 9/20 at 11am. Along with County Line Chiropractor, Erica of Mama’s Mission and I are giving you the chance to take your family out in style! Parking, food and beverages (non-alcoholic of course) are all included in this awesome giveaway.

Giveaway ends on 9/16 at 11:59pm EST. One lucky reader will be randomly selected to win a family 4 pack of tickets, parking, food and beverages, as noted above. The ticket package is valid for your choice of the 9/18 3pm or 9/20 11am show at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL. Passes will be emailed to the winner. Transportation to/from the event is not provided. No additional expenses incurred will be covered. All entrants must be at least 18 years of age or older. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received. All entries are optional; however, the more tasks you complete the greater your chances of winning.

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Disclosure: The participating bloggers received no monetary compensation for sharing this post, and are not responsible for the prize fulfillment. The sponsor of this event will be responsible for fulfillment of prize (County Line Chiropractic). Parking and Ticket passes will be emailed to the winner. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Disney on Ice, Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.