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Cooking meals means cleaning. I’ll be honest cleaning is my least favorite part of cooking. I will say that thanks to my Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge and Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge cleaning is must easier and quicker.
Remember how I told you that Izzy and I ventured to our new Walmart, well we went back. Below I’m showing you were to find these sponges so ease your shopping adventure.
Each sponge is made to clean different types of messes without ruining your cookware or counters. To clean up my glass pan after cooking my delicious baked pasta dish (recipe below) I use my Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge, it’s green. This sponge cleans tough baked on messes with ease. I use it to clean my pots, pans, oven racks and stove top racks. Beyond cooking, it’s also great for cleaning the garage (such as tools) or outdoors (such as tires) as well.
The Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge (which is blue), is perfect for when I need to clean up the counters. My mom and husband tell me I’m the messiest cook. But hey, the food tastes good so, who can really complain, right?
I’m also of course sharing one of my favorite baked dishes, which will require the Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Sponge to clean once you devour the meal. If you love artichokes feel free to add two cans instead of one. 😉
- 1 package/box (16 oz) uncooked pasta (your choice: penne, ziti, rotini or rigatoni)
- 4 cups marinara sauce (either homemade or store bought)
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
- 1 container (15 oz) ricotta cheese
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz)
- 1 can of sliced artichokes
- Cook pasta in generously salted water 3 minutes less than recommended on package & then drain.
- While the pasta is cooking, heat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray 13x9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
- Pour 2 cups of the marinara sauce into dish and drop some artichoke slices in. Add half of cooked pasta & toss well.
- Sprinkle with 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese & spoon half of the ricotta cheese in dollops over top. Sprinkle with 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers ending with mozzarella cheese. Cover lightly with foil, making sure foil is not resting on cheese.
- Bake 35 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 to 15 minutes longer or until center is bubbly and thoroughly heated. Cool 10 to 15 minutes before serving.
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Tantrums are real and they are going to happen. It’s a really difficult time when they start, but if you follow some simple tips and stay consistent you can reduce the tantrums significantly. I’m giving you some of the best tips I’ve gathered along the way of teaching in special education and from my motherhood journey.
1. Teach your child calm down techniques. Throwing your child in time out may seem great for you but it may not be a long term helpful thing for your child. Plus you will not always have a time out area available to you. Am I saying time out is bad? No, not at all. I’m just giving some other options. If your child it upset, start singing a favorite song of theirs or say, “Let’s count” and count to 10 or 20. This gives your child a method for self soothing when you may not be around, like at school. Isabella is only 17 months old but singing or counting calms her. Also if she is upset because we need to change her diaper I tell her we are going to count. She knows when we get to 10 she can get up. It allows her to feel some control since she knows there will be an end and she can predict it. Do I sometimes count slower if it’s a poop, heck yes! Other techniques can be teaching them to suggest for a hug or snuggle when upset or taking deep breaths. Click here to learn more strategies for deescalating an upset child.
2. Give back some control. One of the biggest reasons you see tantrums are because the child feels they lost control. Either you are not giving them something they want or you are making them do something they don’t want to do and they have no say. Remember as a parent, this is fine and completely normal. They are not going to have everything go their way in life. So NEVER give in. They will remember that ONE time you did. Give them choices. Giving 2-3 choices allows your child to have some control in the situation. “Okay we are going to change your diaper. You can hold the wipes or your diaper, what do you chose?” Another example: “We are eating at the table right now, you can stay in your chair or sit on my lap.” Make sure the choices you give still get you the end result you want. You must be okay with them picking any of your options.
3. Talk to your child and give warning. Before just changing a diaper, making your child sit for a meal or asking them to clean up talk to them about it. They are human too. Did you know that even with infants you should talk to them as you change their diaper explaining everything you are doing? Yup, remember I’m a birth through five major and I learned this in college. So prepare your child. “In 2 minutes we will be cleaning up.” “When the song is over we will be changing your diaper.” Turn on a favorite song prior to saying this.
Start using these tips to help prevent and reduce tantrums. Remember, consistency is key. You may not see huge improvements over night.
As a new mom one of the scariest things may be the thought of SIDS. I remember staring at Isabella and waking to every tiny noise to be sure she was alive and okay. I remember touching her so gently as she slept because I couldn’t tell if she was breathing or not. As she moved into her nursery I remember staring at the monitor until I fell asleep. So you can maybe sleep a little more soundly, here are some safety tips I learned from the hospital and pediatricians.
I’d like to share a company called Colgate with you. They are a finalist for the 2016 Eco Excellence Awards for the BEST nursery mattress. If you are looking for a mattress to help your kiddo sleep safe and sound then I suggest you look into this company and their many mattress options.
We have the Retro Posh mattress. This mattress has dual firmness to meet the needs of infants and up. This mattress is also the limited edition 60th anniversary foam crib mattress. Beyond the adorable design, the biggest reason I chose this mattress the fact that a portion of the proceeds is donated to First Candle which will fund research towards the prevention of SIDS. How awesome is that?
Izzy is loving her mattress and so am I. It’s cute, helps a good cause and fits tightly into her crib. She thinks it’s pretty comfy too! I’ll just say, she’s been taking longer naps than usual and sleeping in a little longer.
Shop for your Retro Posh mattress here.
I received the mentioned items in this post in exchange for an honest review. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.