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August 21, 2019

10 End of Summer Kitchen Cleaning Tips

Sink full of dirty dishes? Household chores piling up all around you? What do you do to make cleaning enjoyable? I do not know about you but cleaning is a chore and frankly that is how I feel about doing it. I love a clean house but a busy work/travel schedule and small child leave little time. Let alone the energy to enjoy the whole "cleaning process". If you can relate to any of that then these Kitchen Cleaning tips are for you! 
1. Purchase Quality appliances! Over the past few months we have had the Best Buy Geek Squad truck deliver new appliances to our home. I have owned the same one's for around 13 years. It was time to change out the old appliances with new fingerprint-resistant stainless steel one's! Not only do they help save money on your energy bill but they truly are such an great investment.
2. Turn on music while you clean. I find music can really relax you and put you in a positive mood. I even have Cleaning Playlists to help me get "pumped" to clean. 
3. Work your way around the room. Before I had my son I would pick up something and put it away. From there I would do that same it that room. I realized it would cause so much more work because I would get distracted. Now, I start in one area of my kitchen and move my way around the room. As things get put away and I start to deep clean it the process takes less time and I feel more accomplished not so overwhelmed. 
 This post was in collaboration with Best Buy. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations.
4. Replace your sponges regularly. I have tried so many methods of cleaning and sponges are still my go-to. Dampen a dirty sponge and microwave it on high for 60 seconds to kill bacteria. But once they look worn out, replace them!
5. Dedicate a specific amount of cleaning time and then set a timer. I use the stove timer for this. Work as fast as you can within this time and don’t let yourself get distracted. Having a cleaning playlist mentioned above also helps you stay focused.
6. Working from the top down, wipe down all cabinet doors, knobs, walls, back splash, light switches, counters, faucets etc. with your all purpose cleaner. 
7. Purchase quality cleaning supplies. I have read so much research about different chemicals in cleaning agents. In my experience I have found spending a little more on quality products the jobs get done right the first time. After I clean the kitchen I have no streaks or dust and feel confident my kitchen is ACTUALLY clean!
8. Clean appliances together. I start the microwave but spraying it with cleaner and letting it sit and same with the oven. This way both things are soaking up the cleaner and I can work in other areas. I usually tackle the refrigerator while they are "peculating".
9. Use bins in your pantry and refrigerator to cut down on spills. I invested in small bin containers to put our kid drinks in, my coffee creamer, jelly, yogurt etc. This helps with spilling and my fridge always look clean. If there is a spill it is contained in the bins. I just take it out and clean it out it out having to take all of my fridges con-taints out like before.
10. Do not stress about the among of work you may or may not have. I find having a positive outlook really helps make things not seem so overwhelming.

Phew!! You made it! Now it is time to relax and enjoy your beautiful clean kitchen until it is time to cook again!

Are you looking for new appliances too?
Here are a few wonderful qualities of the BOSCH 800 Series dishwasher.  

1. Every Bosch dishwasher is ENERGY STAR qualified and meets or exceeds federal guidelines, for year-round energy savings 
2. Sanitize Option reduces 99.9% of bacteria with patented CrystalDry™ technology delivers 60% better drying results.* 

*Based on aggregate average drying performance of Bosch Dishwashers with CrystalDry on combined household load including plastics, glass, steel, and porcelain as compared to Bosch Dishwashers with PureDry. Drying performance may vary by dish type.
3. With PrecisionWash, intelligent sensors continually scan and check the progress of dishes throughout the cycle, and powerful spray arms target every item of every load, for the ultimate clean. 
4. Extremely quiet operation (42 dBA)- incorporates 18 unique sound-reducing technologies such as multiple insulation layers, grindless food filtration, and a sound absorbing base

5. Large interior provides the loading flexibility to easily accommodate 16 place settings, and Bosch’s largest 3rd rack- the MyWay rack provides additional loading space for cereal bowls and large utensils.

6. Rackmatic® adjustable upper rack easily adjusts to 9 different positions, to allow taller items like stemware to fit in the middle rack while leaving room for bulky items below.  The flip tines make loading wide bowls easy and ball bearing wheels provide a smooth glide. 

Do you research if you are in the market for appliances!!
 Do you have any kitchen cleaning tips? 
I would LOVE to here about them in the comments!!

August 8, 2019

15 Sport related Show/Movies on Netflix

As you may know my family is a full fledged Hockey family. When my son got into the sport he was mentored by his favorite goalie on our local team. Who just so happened to mention we should watch the movie Miracle on Ice. Luckily, it was on Netflix!! We have now seen it a dozen times. When I got the invite to visit Lake Placid, NY it seemed only fitting we visit the arena filmed in the movie.
 Walking down the same Olympic hallways and viewing the ice is pretty surreal! These young hockey athletes won at the 1980 Olympics when the USA needed it most. It’s not just about a movie, or about our love for hockey, it’s so much more. They showed the world what you can do when you dream big. They are still inspiring generations. We saw it first hand in our son!! 
Enjoy sports? Here are a list of sport related shows on Netflix I think you will enjoy.
 1. Disney Miracle on Ice
2. 42 A true story about a sports legend
3. Carter High
4. All American- We watched this and it was so addicting!!
5. FallOut
6. The Longest Shots
7. Goon
8. The Carter Effect
9. Undefeated
10. Iverson
 11. Nitro Circus
12. Raising the Bar
13. The Fighter
14. Winning
15. Forever the Moment
What is your favorite Sport movie??

August 6, 2019

Delicious Cheeseburger with Caramelized Onions and Zucchini Recipe

Who enjoys cheeseburgers?? I have tried so many different kinds over the years. Nothing makes me happier then a nice juicy burger! Today, I am sharing my delicious Cheeseburger with caramelized onions and zucchini recipe.

What you will need:

1/2 teaspoon Garlic 
1 Red Onion 
 1 Zucchini 
10 teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar 
20 ounce Ground Beef 
1 cup Monterey Jack Cheese 
Halve, peel, and thinly slice onion. Cut zucchini into 3-inch long sections, then halve each piece lengthwise. Cut halves into thin wedges. 
Season with salt and pepper.
Heat a large drizzle of oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook until nicely browned, 8-10 minutes, tossing occasionally. Stir in balsamic vinegar and 2 tsp sugar. Continue cooking until syrupy, 1-2 minutes more. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from pan and set aside in another small bowl. Make Zucchini Fries .While onion is cooking, toss zucchini in.
Shape beef into four patties (make them slightly wider than the buns). Season with salt and pepper. Add to pan and cook until burgers almost reach desired done-ness, 3-5 minutes per side. Top with cheese. Cover pan and continue cooking until cheese melts, about 1 minute. Serve & Enjoy!
What do you like on your burger??
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