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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.

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.


OxiClean Dishwashing Booster – A Better Kind of Clean


I’m an at-home mom, so a lot of my day is spent not only caring for my toddler but cooking, cleaning, and washing…all the regular household chores. While I rather enjoy making a mess, I really don’t like cleaning up after myself so I try and have tools at my disposal to help make the job a little easier. One of those items is what I consider an invaluable appliance – my dishwasher. After my original dishwasher broke several years ago, my then-boyfriend-now-husband got me the most practical and wonderful gift ever – a Bosch dishwasher. I loved it then and I still love it today, however, it seems it hasn’t been performing up to par lately.

When I put dishes, utensils and cookware in the dishwasher I want them all to come out sparkling clean. Recently it seems like our Bosch is leaving spots on all our dishes which drives me nuts. This is even after using rinse agents and resorting to white vinegar in the rinse…but nothing seems to help. It seems I’m not alone: according to a recent survey almost 1 in 3 respondents (32%) say their biggest kitchen challenge is achieving sparkly dishes; 30% say spots on dishes are their biggest kitchen complaint. As it turns out, the real issue is that many dishwasher detergents have been reformulated and therefore don’t perform as well as they used to, meaning cloudy dishes.

Recently I had an opportunity to try new OxiClean Dishwashing Booster so I jumped at the chance. I use OxiClean for all sorts of things around the house and like their products, and I was hopeful this new one would deliver results.

I took a picture of one of my drinking glasses straight out of the dishwasher. While my photography skills are lacking (and my glasses a little banged up), you don’t need a magnifying glass to see it is cloudy and spotty (but if you do, just click & load the large picture file for an up-close view). Very frustrating.

My husband is the one who loads the dishwasher at our house, so I had him use the OxiClean Dishwashing Booster according to the directions. When the cycle was finished, we were surprised with the results! It managed to accomplish what my Bosch with rinse agent couldn’t – clear and residue-free dishes. My husband was really impressed by its performance and said it made a loyal customer out of him. Ladies, when your husband is impressed with a dishwashing product you know it’s good! From here on out we’ll be using OxiClean Dishwashing Booster whenever we run a load of dishes.

If you would like more information on OxiClean Dishwashing Booster, visit or Like their OxiClean Facebook page. Once again, Oxi delivers!

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of OxiClean and received a product sample and serving tray to facilitate my review, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate