We Got the FUNK: June 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Extra Thick Bamboo #CuttingBoard {Review}



I dream of granite counter tops daily, mainly because my current laminate ones get beat up with all the slicing for cooking that we do. I have been using these little pieces of plastic to cut on that are not actually cutting boards to somewhat save my counter tops, but this hasn't been working.  Enter the extra thick Bamboo Cutting Boards from Premier Bamboo.


When I first received these cutting boards I was surprised at how light they were.  I had a previous wooden cutting board that we have since gotten rid of because of how dense and heavy it was.  So when these came and they were so light it was refreshing.   They arrived in 3 sizes and were easy to store and even with their lightweight they are still thick and very durable.  Jason and I have been using these every single day and are very happy with them

Bamboo is known to be less porous to allow less space for bacteria, they are antimicrobial and eco-friendly as well as biodegradable.  As someone that loves clean things, these are super easy to clean.  Just rinse with some soap and then allow air drying.

I decided to feature the smallest one with my famous delicious guacamole!


Ingredients:

  • Avocado
  • Garlic Salt
  • Onion Salt
  • Sour Cream
  • Lemon Juice
  • Optional: Salsa

  Directions:

  • Cut up the avocado and scoop it out into a bowl then mash with a fork until it is to the consistency that you desire.  I prefer it just a bit more chunky. 
  • Mix in 1/8th tsp of both the garlic salt and celery salt.  (You may choose to add more for taste).
  • Add a dollop of sour cream.
  • Add a splash of lemon juice (this keeps the avocado from turning brown)
  • If you like tomatoes, add a spoonful of salsa.
  • Mix and serve!


Are you in need of some new quality bamboo cutting boards too?  Check out Premier Bamboo on Amazon!

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Happy Anniversary My Love




13 years of love
6 years of marriage
2 beautiful kids
1 awesome life. 

Thank you My LOVE!

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday Favorite 6/27/14


Camilla and I are back to link up our favorites of the week.

Each week we will be featuring one of YOU as our Favorite Feature of the Week!  This week we are featuring Mandee with Designs by Miss Mandee and all her amazing craftiness!  We loved the links (yes plural and feel free to link up more than 1) and the crafts that she submitted.  Thanks Mandee and make sure to pop over and say hi!

Please feel free to grab our button and link up!








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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Living Room Clean Up!

Next up in my mini cleaning series is the family living area.  This is the nemesis to my life, as it is constant disarray and my children like most are little tornadoes, spilling, destroying and otherwise creating chaos in our household. 

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Let's get started.  First of all, the only tools I typically need are my hands, a 360 duster and a vacuum.

Step 1:  Pick up and organize (2-3 minutes)

  • I live by the rule that everything has its place and if it doesn't, I have created one.  The square toy organizers are my favorite item ever.  They are in the kids rooms, the play room and of course our living room.  The toys are organized by type (trucks and cars, books, sons favorites, daughters favorites, dollies).  They also get 1-2 larger toys to keep out Emberlynn has the push car and the castle and Eyan has the Cars track.
  • Remotes in our house are in large supply and a favorite item to play with.  I have to have a central area to keep these, so I found this awesome organizer which also is easy to move away from tiny hands that like to hide things.  Bonus:  It spins!
  • My house is lived in, I like it this way, but that means that shoes are everywhere.  Sometimes I wear up to 10 different pairs a week and I take them off immediately when I come home to relax.  This basket is our catch all.  When it gets too full I carry it upstairs and put the shoes away.  Simple and easy!
  • ProTip:  Most items in our living room belong in other areas, so I keep a small laundry basket and just put those items in it as needed, then when I move to the rooms where those items belong, I take the basket and put those items away. 

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Step 2: Dust and Vacuum 

  • Allergies are crazy in the spring and summer for me, so it is critical that I keep up on dusting and vacuuming.  In between regular dusting I use a swiffer 360 duster (target brand actually) and quickly run it over all our dust collecting areas.  Remember that when you are dusting start at the highest points and move down.  ALWAYS dust first.  With all our areas this usually only takes me 2-3 minutes
  • Buy a good vacuum and one that fits your household needs.  As you can see I have 2 large hairy dogs, so a vacuum that was specifically for pets is key, also one that maneuvers well and is light is critical.  If you are fighting your vacuum, it is annoying and you will not want to do this.  I run a vacuum a few times a week in our high traffic areas.  I can vacuum my entire living room in under 2 minutes. 
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So here are the before and afters, which everyone seems to love.

living family room clean up, quick clean up, quick family room clean up

Pro Tips:

  • Start with organization first, give everything a place and the clean up will be easier.
  • Have your children help.  We are starting to teach our kids that only a few toys need to be out at a time and the others need to be put away.  It is not easy, but they are getting it.
  • Pick up your living room daily.  Literally remove all the clutter, it goes quick and you get quicker.  I pick up every night after the kids go to bed.  I do not dust or vacuum every night but I pick up and it makes the house feel cleaner and me feel better.  

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Life Lately

Whew I have been so so so busy lately and it is ridiculous and such a blessing all at once.  I sometimes forget that summers are not at all relaxing but so rewarding.  I have enjoyed spending time with my babies and seeing friends and family and just enjoying what really matters in life.

I have also been working tirelessly to revamp and rebrand my little slice of the internet right here.  I have really enjoyed doing product reviews and challenging myself to make new recipes to share with you all. Please know that this space will always continue to be my outlet, my online scrapbook of our lives and although there is occasionally sponsored posts and product reviews, I only apply to review items that I truly believe in and will not recommend items that I do not actually use.  What I really am getting at here is that although there are small changes, this blog will still serve its main purpose, which is to track the craziness of our lives here in Funkytown!

So let's get to business.  I made a huge decision to apply to an online graduate program at my alma mater and so far things are looking good.  I am expecting my acceptance letter this week (keep those fingers crossed).  I am scared out of my mind and unsure how I will balance just one more thing on my plate, but I know that this is the best decision for my family and myself.  I am hoping that the online portion will allow me a bit more flexibility, however, I guess only time will tell!

Remember this post about not going to Mexico for fear of death...yeah well that is out the window!  After cancelling our original trip we found an even better deal in an area of Mexico that I am more comfortable with.  The time frame is better and everything seems to be lining up for this trip.  I feel much better about this and am excited.  My mom will be staying at our house with the pups and the kids of course and you will see a couple of my favorite Bloggers guest posting here.  It is a short 5 day trip but much needed for Jason and I.

Eyan and I have been going head to head lately.  He is challenging me every day and being quite the emotional, strong headed, picky little man.  I am learning patience even more then I thought I had.  I love the boy but when he tells me I am a "bad mommy" because I made him take a bath after the pool or says "I don't like you"  it just about breaks my heart.  I am trying but more often then not, I feel like I am failing. Any thoughts or opinions on how to combat this and help my little man understand that I love him and am just guiding him to be the best man possible, would be greatly appreciated.



Emberlynn is a full walking, gibbering machine and these toddling days are challenging.  She is fast, really really fast and into everything.  She wants so bad to be a big girl and walk everywhere and eat everything and wrestle (no I am not kidding, she physically attacks her brother with a huge grin and giggles uncontrollably).  She is going to be such a handful as she continues to grow (ha), but I love her because of that.



Lastly, Jason and I moved into the current century and got Netflix.  Lets just say I am not sleeping anymore thanks to Orange is the New Black (finished in 2 nights) and Breaking Bad (love the science aspect)!  The fact that anything is actually getting done in my life is pretty freaking amazing.

Thanks for catching up!

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Colorado Renaissance Festival



The Colorado Renaissance Festival, Colorado's premier summertime event, is Celebrating 38 years in a style unique only to those who visit the picturesque mountain venue of Larkspurshire. Patrons take a magical tour through time and legend and enjoy as hundreds of Colorfully costumed characters entertain continuously upon the village streets and on the Festival's 10 stages. More than 200 period artisans sell their one-of-a-kind works and demonstrate their unique crafts along the wooded streets and pathways.

We are heading to this festival for the first time in July and I cannot wait to share the details of this with you. Until then here is a fantastic deal!



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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

DIY Bath Crayons

Have I told you how much I love Influenster and the goodies they send me!  I received the #TLCVoxBox about a week ago and literally the items inside are awesome.  One item in particular was perfect for a craft I was wanting to try.  

Bath Crayons that are easy, cheap and safe for babies skin are exactly that craft!


These were entirely too easy to make.  Like literally took all of 10 minutes!  

Step By Step:


  1. Gather supplies:  The ones pictured above are my essentials and I added a few extra cups if you want to do multiple colors out of one bar.
  2. Grate the soap:  Using the smallest grating option on your cheese grater, go to town.  I place a plate under mine to catch, not necessary but makes for easy clean up. 
  3. Mix: Place the soap shavings into your mixing container (mine is a measuring cup) and slowly add water.  Mix by hand until you have a nice thick paste.  I could have mixed a lot more, but I just didn't.


4. Color:  You can choose to do different colors or just do all one.  I wanted to see how far a 1/2 bar would go so I just did several colors.  I  put about 3 drops of food coloring into each of the containers and mixed them well.
5. Form:  I just made mine into basically crayon turds for easy gripping for the tiny peanut, but these can easily be pressed into any mold to make them even prettier!
6. Let Dry: Place your crayons on a piece of wax paper and then allow to dry.  I put mine in the freezer for about 10 minutes and then let them sit out for about 10 more minutes before we used them.  

HAVE FUN...Eyan sure did, and the clean up was pretty freaking awesome!  I will say these pictures do not show the color as well as it was on the bath tub, the blue was VERY bright!




I also got all these goodies from Influenster in my #TLCVoxBox!


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I received the products free for review from Influenster.  All opinions and thoughts are my own. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Huggies® Slip On #FirstFit #Review #Sponsored #MC

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Huggies. I received product samples to facilitate my review and to thank me for my participation.

Do you have a squirmy new walking baby who has no interest in laying down to get their diaper changed? Yeah me too.  Emberlynn has been turning on the dramatics lately during diaper changes so imagine how elated I was to find Huggies® Little Movers Slip On® Diapers!

Huggies, Slip On Diapers, Little Movers,

Our diaper changes typically go something like this:

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If you have a squirmy new walker at home, then you know exactly what I am talking about.  She literally does not stop and laying her down for a conventional diaper change is absolutely impossible for more than 2 seconds.  Huggies® Slip On® Diapers have been a lifesaver in our household.  These diapers slip on easily and are also easy to remove with the open grip tabs.

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Instead of having Emberlynn lie down, I can change her diaper with her standing up and do it so much quicker.  There are no more tantrums, no crying, and much less squirming in our lives now that we are using these diapers!


I had tried these diapers with Eyan and for the most part I liked them.  The fit on him was a bit rough and reflecting back, I think I had him in the wrong size diapers.  However, once he grew into them, they were awesome.  Emberlynn is a tiny peanut and with my beginning experience with Eyan, I was worried that these would not fit her, however, they fit pretty well. The elastic is gentle but secure and although they come pre-fastened with no need for adjustment, they can be adjusted with ease.  These diapers are premium Huggies® with the trusted Leak Lock® Protection.  The absorb-away layers and long-lasting core lock in wetness and keep Emberlynn dry and helps avoid those dreaded diaper rashes.  I also realized that she sleeps much better with theses on because they keep her drier longer!

In addition, they have her favorite Mickey Mouse Disney characters on them which she loves and she tends to carry around these diapers because of that.  I highly recommend Huggies® Slip On® Diapers to all parents of new little movers!

Huggies® has a fantastic coupon out there just for registering and spreading the word!


I love these diapers!  They are amazing and have changed our diaper changing routine.  Please check Huggies out on their website and grab that coupon!

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Disclosure: I was provided with products for free for review.  All opinions, thoughts and ideas expressed are my own and were not influenced by an outside source. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Favorite 6/20/14


Camilla and I are back to link up our favorites of the week.

Each week we will be featuring one of YOU as our Favorite Feature of the Week!  This week we are featuring Jen over at JENerally Informed she is leading this awesome movement called Mommy Reality featuring real moms living life as it is, with all the hysterics, embarrassment and learning curves.  Make sure to pop over and say hi!

Please feel free to grab our button and link up!







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Thursday, June 19, 2014

10 Minute Kitchen Clean Up

Last week I showed you how to clean your bathroom in 2 minutes.  My readers went crazy for this, as it is so easy and ALL moms can do it.  Today I am going for the big guns...the kitchen, in 10 minutes or less.

Supplies needed: 

  • Dish soap/Dishwasher soap
  • Paper Towels
  • All-Purpose spray cleaner (or wipes...I LOVE GREEN WORKS!)
  • Mop/Swiffer/steam mop/something to clean your floors, quickly.
My kitchen is large, very large and it is the central hub to our house.  It is where EVERYTHING ends up from the vehicles, where the mail goes, where the dogs eat, where we cook and eat and it gets filthy on the daily.  So keeping this area of my house clean is essential.  I clean my kitchen usually after dinner every night, while the kids and hubby are finishing dinner (I tend to eat quickly) and by the time the kids have fed the dogs all their dinner, I am usually cleaned and ready to relax.  I HIGHLY recommend cleaning your kitchen at the end of the day, after you may have prepped 3 meals and destroyed it like we do.  

Pro Tip: Set the timer on your stove for 10 minutes.  Whatever you get done you get done.  You will get quicker and get more done, and its fun to have a little race.


Part 1: Pick up

  • Unload and reload the dishwasher (4-5 minutes)  Hand wash any pots and delicate dishes.  I use a scrub brush and dish soap under running water to do this, instead of filling up the sink.  It is quicker and because the water is running I tend to move much faster to save water (at least that is my mentality). 
  • Clear counters and wipe them down (2-3 minutes).  Like I said before the kitchen is the central hub, typically I am moving toys, crumbs, mail, dishes, and who knows what other junk we accumulated that day.  I start by putting away any food that we just prepped, then I move toys back into the toy bins, put the mail in our sorter and dishes in the sink.

Part 2: Tackle the stove & floors


  • Our stove is always a hot mess, with oil, food and just general yuck all over the place after we cook, so first I use my All-purpose spray and do a quick wipe down and then I use my handy dandy wet/dry paper towel combo and I shine this baby up (I also shine up the other appliances and faucet too).  Takes 1 minute, maybe 1.5 (unless of course you are trying to balance taking photos of you cleaning with your DSLR, then it takes like 3)
  • I totally forgot a picture, but with 2 hairy dogs, a baby that is more of a crawler then a walker and traction through that room more than any other, the kitchen floor gets disgusting every day.  I usually leave this for the last thing, because sometimes it just does not fit within my quick 10 minute time frame, but most times it does.  I will quickly sweep (not perfectly) and just get the major stuff, and then I just grab the mop/wet swiffer and go to town as quick as possible.  It is not always pretty, but it helps cut down on the gross, sticky, hairy floors and makes the deep cleaning days go much easier and faster. 

Part 3: Make the space work for you

  • My counters are never fully clear, but they are always functioning for what makes our life easy.  I keep my cleaning supplies at the ready and easy to grab, our dogs need water and I hate carrying the dishes to the sink so instead we use this broken pitcher for their water and I always keep bug spray and sunscreen next to the backyard door so that I can quickly grab them when my kids decide on a whim to run outside.  Our space works for us and is functional for us.  In keeping your house clean it is really important that you keep this in mind.  I work with the common known mindset that everything has a place (coincidentally this drives my hubby nuts because I am always moving things to their "place").  Nothing stays on my counter tops longer than a day, I always find it a home and that really helps to keep my kitchen clean.


If you manage to have extra time left and have whipped your kitchen into shape, grab a disinfecting wipe and wipe down those common touch areas (light switches, door knobs and handles, cabinet doors, and other areas).

If you are interested in my doing a a deep cleaning series, please comment below.  I will tell you that those usually take me about an hour/room, but they are seriously in depth.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

WW: Painting

My awesome neighbor lady friends invited this crazy lady out for a day of painting and fun.  I think we kinda rocked it!
Before the chaos started!
My skillz
Our final products!  We all did such a fantastic job and I really enjoyed the heck out of it!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Kraut Burger Pie Recipe

This is just too delicious and easy not to share. Do you love kraut burgers?  Us too, however, the prep work and time it takes to make these is just not doable in our household, so I improvised and came up with this delicious kraut burger pie!

Kraut, Burger, Pie, Sauerkraut

If you are unsure what Kraut burgers are, they are simply just sauerkraut and ground beef typically with some seasoning, wrapped in a dough ball and baked to perfection.  They typically take a few hours to make and cook and in my life, I just do not have that time.

So I came up with a way to enjoy the deliciousness of the kraut burgers without the time.  This only took about 30 minutes to prepare and cook!

Kraut, Burger, Pie, Sauerkraut, Ingredients

My favorite part is that it is simple on the ingredients.  Just 4 items are needed but you can add many more! In addition to what is pictured sometimes I add mushrooms and other veggies and various seasonings to taste depending on my mood.  However, normally I stick to these 4 ingredients.

Kraut, Burger, Pie, Sauerkraut

Prep: 

  • Preheat the oven to 450°
  • Unroll 1 of the pie crusts and lay in your pie pan, trim edges

Step 1:


  • Brown 1 lb of ground beef 
  • Once browned, then mix in the can of drained sauerkraut and about 1tsp of garlic salt.
  • Simmer for about 3 minutes

Step 2:


  • Pour your mixture into your pie crust

Step 3:


  • Unroll your second pie crust and place on top of the pie.
  • Tuck the edges under the bottom pie crust
  • Cut holes in top
Bake for 15-20 minutes and Enjoy!


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