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Dinner Made Easy with Ore Ida Grillers

Ore Ida Grillers

Tonight my toddler went to bed late (for him) – after 9:00 p.m. I’ve been chasing him around most of the day and I’m beat. One problem, though, my husband and I didn’t have dinner. So, here I am at 9:00 at night and faced with the prospect of finding something to eat for my husband and me. Neither one of us particularly care for frozen, microwavable TV dinners and a bowl of cereal just won’t do the trick. So I decided to fix fresh baked chicken breasts and some of the new Ore Ida Grillers I picked up at the grocery store.

We both love potatoes but we both didn’t want to wait an hour for them to bake (and I wasn’t about to boil up a vat of hot water and start mashing away at this time of night). Ore Ida Grillers to the rescue! I just took out fresh chicken breasts, gave them a seasoned crumb coating, and placed them on the baking sheet next to the Golden Thick Cut Grillers and let me oven do all the work.

In about 20 minutes I had a nice, tasty, home-cooked meal for the two of us without any hassle. I used a serving suggestion on the product package and topped our potatoes with shredded cheese, sour cream and crumbled bacon bits for a “loaded” baked potato taste which was quite yummy! My husband was particularly impressed with the Grillers and thought they would taste great for breakfast in place of hash browns.

Overall, Ore Ida Grillers were a hit for us. We loved the convenience and the taste. I’ll be picking up a bag on my next shopping trip, right along with the Ore Ida Tater Tots and French Fries we already enjoy so much. If you’d like more information on Ore Ida Grillers, visit the Ore Ida website or connect via the Ore Ida Facebook page.

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Ore-Ida. I received coupons to purchase products to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin Plus Detergent (Review)

Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin Plus Laundry Detergent

Laundry is a nemesis of mine.  I feel like I’m always doing it, yet it is never done.  I no sooner get it folded and put away when I notice a new pile awaiting me.  With three kids six and under, I know this is a battle I’ll be fighting for years to come.  While I’ve never liked the process, there was something wonderful about the sweet scent of fresh laundry.  I never gave it much thought until my first son was born.  As it turned out, he was blessed with sensitive skin.  Rashes and irritation led us immediately to give up scented laundry detergent in favor of dye-free, scent-free brands to protect his skin.  My laundry was just as clean, but I have to admit I missed the fresh scent of freshly washed sheets and towels these past few years.

Recently I had the opportunity to try something new – Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin Plus Skin-Friendly Fresh Scent laundry detergent.  I was intrigued, but a little skeptical.  I thought we’d given up scents for good, but if there was a dye-free detergent that would pass the sensitive skin test and give me back that nice fresh laundry smell I wanted to give it a try.  I threw in the first load and crossed my fingers.  Out came a nice clean load laundry, with a pleasant but not overpowering scent.  Two weeks and many loads later I have not noticed any signs of the irritation or itching we experienced with regular scented detergents in the past. I will absolutely be putting this detergent on my shopping list.

Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin Plus detergent is specially formulated to work in both standard and high efficiency (HE) washers.  The fragrance was developed and clinically tested to be gentle on sensitive skin.  You can get more information at the Arm & Hammer website, and find lots of helpful household tips on the Arm & Hammer Facebook page.

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Arm & Hammer and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Family Fun at the Los Angeles County Arboretum

I’ve lived in Southern California my whole life, only miles away from the Los Angeles Arboretum. Even though it was just minutes down the road I really never visited except for school functions like taking Senior portraits around the grounds. That changed completely after I had my son – it has become my family’s new, huge playground complete with fountains, ponds, a waterfall, oak grove, orchid greenhouse and historic home. To say we love this San Gabriel Valley treasure is an understatement.

When it comes to botanical gardens in the San Gabriel Valley, the Arboretum might not be quite as lush as some other locales, but their gardens are beautiful when in bloom and I love that is is much more accessible, which makes you feel like it belongs to you. Your family can enjoy a picnic on the lawn, then your kids can explore the eucalyptus grove or engage in a game of tag without feeling like you’re doing something you shouldn’t be. You can feed the ducks, geese, fish and turtles the bread you’ve saved from home. It’s your garden and you are welcome to enjoy it.

The Arboretum has many events throughout the year such as Pasadena Pops concerts, art shows, plant sales, and lectures. Maybe you’ll choose to stroll through the historic train depot and Queen Anne Cottage and see what life was like for Elias “Lucky” Baldwin. Kids can have a fun summer learning about nature through the Arboretum Summer Nature Camp which runs June through August.

Admission for an adult is only $8.00 and children 5-12 are $3.00. Kids under five years old are free! The best value I believe is the Family Membership which is only $75.00 and allows two adults and all your children to enter. Here’s the bonus: with a membership you also have free admission to more than 270 participating gardens throughout the United States and Canada!

For more information on Los Angeles County Arboretum hours & admission, memberships, and events, visit their website and learn what a wonderful gem is waiting for you in your own backyard.