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Thursday, July 24

We are in the process of moving. Well sort of. My husband is graduating from graduate school in two weeks, takes the national boards a couple weeks later and then we move. We aren't 100% sure where we're moving yet, and all I want to do is pack our stuff up and get out of this two bedroom apartment.  Unfortunately it's too early to start packing. I have gone through our clothes and taken several bags to Goodwill, which was so invigorating. There is this one pile of barely worn clothes sitting by our door, however. It's been there for well over a month. Just waiting. ...and waiting. Waiting for me to take them to a local consignment shop. I figure making some money here and there wouldn't hurt! For some reason taking them to my car, driving 20 minutes to the shop, seeing if they will even accept them, then driving back home {another 20 minutes} seems like way too much work for a couple dollars!

Wouldn't it be nice if I could just figure out if they'd accept my clothes from home? Then I could determine if that drive with a toddler and an infant was worth it!
That's why I love Crown & Caliber. Have you heard of it? They are a trusted buyer and seller of pre-owned luxury watches, and they make it so simple. Right in the comfort of your home! {Music to my ears}. All you have to do is submit information on your luxury watch and their team of evaluation experts will compile a quote on the value of your watch.
Let me walk you through it.

  1. Submit information on your watch through a form on the Crown & Caliber website, here. Information like the make, model and condition of the watch you would like to submit for a quote.
  2. Talk with an expert horologist who will help provide the mod accurate assessment.
  3. Within a day or two you will receive two quotes 1) a cash offer and 2) a consignment offer.
  4. Regardless of the option chosen, C&C sends pre-paid/insured packaging materials to ship the watch in.
  5. Upon arrival C&C verifies and authenticates the watch
  6. If you chose to consign then C&C cleans, services, photographs, and lists your watch for sale, to tens of thousands of interested buyers!
  7. Watch is sold and payment is provided, or, the original cash offer is provided, depending on which option you chose.
BONUS:

  • You don't need to send your watch in to receive a quote!
  • Traditionally companies do not tell you how they arrived at the number they are giving you for the quote, but C&C provides more info ration {and money} to their customers!
Isn't that awesome? So instead of having to go all over town to different consignment shops, in hopes of selling your watch you can do it all in the comfort of your home! PLUS have a lot more interested buyers than a few people walking into the brick and mortar store.

So whether you're selling a luxury watch, or in the market for one yourself, you've got to check out Crown & Caliber! They get several new watches a day, so check back often!

Monday, July 14

Here is another quick and easy recipe for you! I can almost guarantee you have most, if not all, of the ingredients already in your pantry! You may not have the canned salmon, but go ahead and get some next time you're at the grocery store so you can make these. There's nothing quite like knowing all the ingredients you put in your food are good for you. Here's to another homemade meal! Now go eat it together as a family.
Quick and Easy Baked Salmon Cakes
Ingredients
  • 1 can (14-3/4 oz) salmon, drained {boneless and skin removed}
  • 1-1/2 cups soft whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 3 Tbsp fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Place 1/3 cup salmon mixture into eight muffin cups coated with cooking spray
  2. Bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until a thermometer reads 160 degrees
  3. Enjoy!
Let me know what you think! Did you like it?

Friday, July 11

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Share a Coke This Summer with Coca-cola's personalized Coke bottles and cans #ShareItForward #shop #cbias www.MyOwnBlogReview.com
Did you have a chance to check out a Share a Coke event at Walmart last weekend? This summer they are encouraging you to Share a Coke with your friends and family using their personalized coke bottles and cans. They have over 200 different names on 20 oz bottles, and their 12 oz cans have words like soulamate, bff, dad, etc.
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The sweet ladies doing the demonstration at my local Walmart had a very successful day at work! It wasn't very hard to "Share a Coke" with the shoppers. As you can imagine.
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I had a lot of fun checking my social media at the event to see how everyone was enjoying their Coke. Search #ShareitForward and #Collective Bias on your Twitter and Instagram accounts and you can see how other people across the country are sharing their Cokes too!
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I decided to share my coke with my cute husband! it was only fitting since it said soulmate on it. There's no one in this world I'd rather share this coke with! Isn't he cute?
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I also like to share my Coke with my children. Ok I don't actually give caffeine to my toddler and infant, but I share it with them by drinking a Coke myself. How is this sharing you say? Well, as a mom of two young boys some days can seem excruciatingly long! Lets take today for example. My toddler woke up a complete angel. Used his "please" and "thank you's" very well and progressively he turned back into his three-year-old self and stopped listening to anything I asked him to do. Yelled, had a tantrum here and there, and the day completely turned around on itself. I managed to go to the gym for 45 minutes, where he was being nice and fun at the daycare, then ran away from me the second we walked out the door.

{Will this phase ever end?}

I'm exhausted!

My husband called and knew it was one of those days and he said just go and do something fun that you like to do. Want to know the first thing that came to my mind? I need a diet coke. Maybe two!

Even if I needed to go twenty minutes out of my way to get a drink I would. And yes, that has happened before. Ok, a couple times.

As a mom I need my me time. 

Diet Coke is my happy place, and I need it!

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Tuesday, July 8

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Budget friendly meals with KRAFT on MyOwnBlogReview.com #shop
There are so many fun things to do during the summer! Camping, boating, swimming, amusement parks, golfing, just to name a few. Spending time with friends and family on a regular basis is so fun, but it can cost a pretty penny to entertain our children while they are out of school! There's no better time to #RollIntoSavings than now using KRAFT products on rollback at Walmart, which will help us all create yummy budget friendly meals for $20 or less. Who doesn't need help stretching their money around the 1st and 15th of each month? I wanted to get a little creative with all the amazing products KRAFT has to offer! One of our favorite meals is grilled cheese with tomato soup, so I thought it would be fun to take that meal up a notch, while saving money! So I made Macaroni and Cheese Grilled Cheese and Zesty Italian Tomato Soup.
Zesty Italian Tomato Soup and Macaroni and Cheese Grilled Cheese. Budget friendly meals with KRAFT on MyOwnBlogReview.com #shop
I don't know about you, but I don't want to spend my summer cooking in the kitchen while everyone is outside enjoying one another's company in the warm weather! So when I made my way to Walmart I decided to get the mac and cheese in a cup. Can you believe how many options they have?
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I like making meals that my toddler can help me prepare. He loves measuring and pouring ingredients into bowls for me. I love it too, because life is a lot easier with him being able to help me instead of making a mess somewhere in the house!
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Macaroni & Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 4 slices white bread
  • 4 slices KRAFT Singles
  • 2 cups KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner Cup
Instructions
  1. Prepare Macaroni & Cheese according to package directions
  2. Butter two slices of bread, and place butter side down in a skillet over medium-low heat
  3. Please a KRAFT single on each slice of bread until bread is lightly browned
  4. Place Mac&Cheese onto one bread slice, and place the other slice of bread on top
  5. Press together, and serve immediately
I am so happy with how my Zesty Italian Tomato Soup turned out. The added KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing made all the difference in the world with the extra flavor and small pieces of vegetables. I suggest using a cup in this recipe. If you'd like you could even cut back on the broth and add more of the KRAFT dressing.
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Zesty Italian Tomato Soup
Ingredients
  • 32 oz. chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing {although I suggest using more}
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1-1/2 cups pasta of your choice
  • Optional: 1 pound cooked ground beef or Italian sausage
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients {make sure you drain the tomatoes} in a large pot over medium heat and cook until all ingredients are heated through. 
  2. Cook pasta and combine it with the soup
  3. Serve immediately
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Monday, July 7

I really love this recipe because it's quick and so delicious. It's perfect when you're in a pinch. It is not necessary to make homemade ravioli when you can buy them already prepared. I mean, unless you want to make them obviously. After trying this recipe I'm a believer, I need to have frozen ravioli on hand.
Ravioli with Apples and Walnuts. Perfect recipe in a pinch, having frozen ravioli on hand is now a must!

Ravioli with Apples and Walnuts Recipe

Ingredients
  • 2 pounds cheese ravioli {fresh or frozen}
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 1 apple, cut into matchsticks {I used Pink Lady}
  • Parmesan cheese

Instructions
  1. Cook ravioli according to package instructions
  2. Heat oil in skillet over low to medium heat. Add the chopped walnuts and cook, consistently stirring, until lightly toasted. You do not want to over cook your walnuts!
  3. Add the apples, parsley and toss to combine
  4. Spoon over the ravioli and sprinkle with parmesan cheese
  5. Enjoy!

Monday, June 30

This salmon is so good. It's one of the many amazing recipes my mom and I made while she was here  after I had my baby. I made it once with my mom using frozen filets, and a couple weeks later with my sister using fresh salmon from Costco and I seriously thought I was at a 5 star restaurant. It was A.mazing.
Walnut Crusted Salmon. Eating this makes me feel like I'm at a 5-Star restaurant. It is so good! www.MyOwnBlogReview.com

Walnut Crusted Salmon Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup crushed walnuts
  • 1 pounds salmon fillets
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. In a small bowl combine panko and walnuts; set aside
  3. Place salmon fillets in a large baking dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper and drizzle with lemon juice
  4. Sprinkle panko mixture on top of fillets, press to coat
  5. Place in oven and bake 15 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork
Walnut Crusted Salmon. Eating this makes me feel like I'm at a 5-Star restaurant. It is so good! www.MyOwnBlogReview.com

You have to make this. Even if you don't like salmon you will love this. Ok, if you really hate salmon try it with chicken. But it's so good!

Friday, June 20

For several years Women's Day has accompanied the first round of the travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Connecticut. This year World-Renowned Chef Ming Tsai, who made his second appearance, and the Founder of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, headlined the event.


Ming Tsai shared some really great tips that I want to forward on to you, of course!

  • If you're looking for fresh fish and the kind you need doesn't look good, then pass on it and try another kind of fish. Most recipes work for any kind of fish.
  • If you're making sesame salmon be sure you coat the salmon in sesame seeds after cooking, otherwise the seeds will burn.
  • He uses canola oil because it has no taste, it doesn't burn and it is inexpensive.
    • Olive oil temperature doesn't get as hot, and canola oil will give you a nice good crust
  • If you're spending good money on food you might as well make it taste and look good.
  • Sit down and eat dinner as a family.
  • Fat is fat is fat. A couple years ago coconut oil wasn't good for you and now it's all the rage. Just be smart with what you eat and how much you eat.
I could not agree more with him. Gone are the days of families eating dinner together because children have so many activities they are being rushed off to. There are few things that can help us parents really understand our children, and what's happening in their lives then eating a meal together as a whole. At least try once a week, when possible!

I also love that he said "fat is fat is fat." It's so true. Just because we are being told olive oil is good for us doesn't mean we should go and eat it with every meal.

Tsai is hilarious. He has his own TV show and cookbooks, "Simply Ming" I have got to go find his show, because I can only imagine it's amazing!



Arianna Huffington is quite the accomplished woman. Go ahead and google her and you will see! She has written 14 books and is on the Times 100 most influential women list. She was as entertaining as Ming was and she had a lot of great advice and comments as well.

  • Failure is not the opposite of success! It's a stepping stone for it.
  • People think all they need is money and success, but that's like a two legged stool, and eventually you will fall off.
  • We need to sleep. Her best advice at Brown University, where she recently spoke to their graduating class, was to the women: "Sleep your way to the top!" Getting enough sleep makes all the difference in the world.
  • We are not the masters of technology, we are the slaves. Turn off your devices and take them out of your bedroom.
  • So much of how we experience life is how we approach things. We don't have control but we can control our reactions.
  • Our mind is a powerful thing. She told a story of a man who said, "There were many terrible things in my life. Most of them didn't happen."
  • Every night scan our day and drop things we don't need to do. There's nothing quite like finishing a project by dropping it.
  • Resentment is poison.
  • Life life as if everything is rigged in your favor
Go check out her book Thrive. I can't wait to read it!

Monday, June 16

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One thing I look forward to most during summer is definitely the 4th of July, and 24th of July if you live in Utah! Growing up, I always looked forward to the fireworks! Now I have something even more exciting to look forward to...my son's birthday. It's perfect, I will never have to pay for {the expensive} fireworks to celebrate his birthday, haha. I'm always looking for ways I can save on my summer parties. That's why I love Price Chopper's House of BBQ because, while I'm saving on those expensive fireworks, I save on the ingredients I need for summer grilling! Price Chopper has all your summer celebration essentials.
Butterfinger Brookies. Best brownies I have made in a long time!!! on www.MyOwnBlogReview.com
One thing on my grocery list all summer long {well, all year really} is definitely Betty Crocker Original Brownie Mix and I am going to share my new favorite recipe with you! Butterfinger Brookies. Have you ever made Brookies before? Br for Brownies and ookies for cookies.!. Basically they're perfect. I made a plate to give to our neighbors and my husband let me know it was a bad idea because they're the best brownies I've made in a long time! So there you have it. Go make them right now! And let me know how you like them.
Butterfinger Brookies. Best brownies I have made in a long time!!! on www.MyOwnBlogReview.com
But first I want to share another fun idea for all your upcoming BBQ's and picnics this summer! 4th of July Punch! Isn't this so much fun? Basically all you need is three drinks with varying amounts of sugar in them. I used fruit punch, blue Gatorade, and diet 7-up {3 oz. of each}. With all the colors and flavors of Gatorade the possibilities are endless! I think next time I'll use Hawaiian Punch, Pina Colada Sobe, and Blue Gatorade...that way it will lay out red, white and blue!
4th of July Punch! Such a fun way to celebrate. Children and adults will all love it. So many different holidays this could work with! on www.MyOwnBlogReview.com
Now on to that recipe!!!
Butterfinger Brookies Recipe
Recipe from Beyond Frosting
Ingredients for brownies
  • 1 Box Brownie mix
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 c milk
  • 1/3 c oil
  • 1pk Butterfinger bites (10oz)
Ingredients for cookie dough
  • 1/2 c (1 tick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 c butterscotch instant pudding mix (3.4 oz pkg)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 c butterscotch chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a medium bowl, combine brownie mix, egg, vegetable oil and milk, until thoroughly mixed
  3. Line a 9x13" pan with parchment paper. Pour brownie mixture into the pan and spread evenly
  4. Line the brownie layer with Butterfinger bites, about 1/2" away from each other {the more the better}
  5. Prepare the cookie layer
  6. Soften butter in the microwave for 10-15 seconds
  7. Combine butter with both light brown sugar and granulated sugar. Mix until smooth and mixture becomes fluffy
  8. Add egg and vanilla extract and beat until egg is thoroughly incorporated
  9. In a separate bowl combine flour, butterscotch pudding, salt and baking soda
  10. Slowly add flour mixture to dough batter while mixing at a low speed. Once the flour has been added, increase speed to medium until dough forms
  11. Add butterscotch chips and fold into cookie dough
  12. Take cookie dough and drop chunks onto the top of the brownie mixture, gently pressing them down into brownie batter
  13. Bake for 28-32 minutes at 350 degrees
  14. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before cutting
Butterfinger Brookies. Best brownies I have made in a long time!!! on www.MyOwnBlogReview.com
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Tuesday, June 10

When we first started dating my husband dressed pretty well when he had to, like work or church, or going out to a nice restaurant. However, his standard date night apparel was a BYU sweatshirt, jeans and a Braves hat. It became a joke with his friend Dave, who usually wore a sweater and a collar shirt when we went on double dates, would tease my husband incessantly. It was pretty funny. A lot has changed over the last 7 years. While my husband still has the sweatshirt and hat he would always wear, he has also invested in some really great clothes. It's taken me a while but through some subtle encouragement and great Christmas and Father's Day gifts {on my part} he has come a long way! He has become a little more Neil Caffrey. {Dreams do come true!}. Now when we get together with Dave I like to point out how nice my husband looks, haha!

Father's Day is coming up and I wanted to share some of my favorite pieces from Scoop NYC. Scoop NYC is an iconic fashion boutique which offers a highly edited selection of the season's best styles for men and women. One of the best things about Scoop {I believe} is their styling associates also serve as wardrobe consultants. That is the ultimate when it comes to personal customer service. If you haven't experienced shopping this way you should probably just stop in one of their boutiques and see what it's like. Next time my mom's in town we've got to stop by!

An awesome website full of pretty much everything your man needs! If you or your significant other aren't quite sure what he needs in his closet rest assured anything on this site will look amazing. 

Here are my favorite looks!


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Check out The Ultimate Closet for even more inspiration!

Now for my next goal! To get rid of my husband's old swimsuits he wore 10 years ago. You know, the super long and baggy ones that everyone wore {10 years ago!}. He needs some of these...he's got the legs for them. He just needs to go for it.


So if you'd like your significant other to up his game there's no better time then the present! 
Start with this Father's Day!

Monday, June 9

Caprese Salad Recipe on MyOwnBlogReview.com. Cooking Planit and Formaggio Cheese Challenge #FormaggioChallenge

Have you checked out the Cooking Planit App yet? It's like a GPS for cooking. Let's be honest, do you go anywhere without your GPS? Living on the east coast I know I sure don't! This app helps guide you through the entire cooking process from prep to the table and it ensures that the entire meal is finished on time, and all together!

Caprese Salad Recipe on MyOwnBlogReview.com. Cooking Planit and Formaggio Cheese Challenge #FormaggioChallenge

Have you entered your recipes yet? Don't forget to enter your favorite recipes for a chance to win some awesome prizes! *ENTER THEM HERE* Remember, the top three winners receive a Formaggio Gift Basket {$100 value} and 5 Piece Cheese Knife Set {$50} PLUS their recipe will be enhanced by Chef Emily and added to the Cooking Planit Collection. How cool is that? 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be announced via Cooking Planit and Formaggio social media channels on June 27th

Caprese Salad Recipe on MyOwnBlogReview.com. Cooking Planit and Formaggio Cheese Challenge #FormaggioChallenge

I decided to make a Caprese Salad with my amazing Fresh Mozzarella from Formaggio. Have you ever had fresh mozzarella? I mean really fresh? There is nothing like it! This Caprese Salad with Balsamic Syrup would be a perfect dinner party recipe. Just remember to prepare it with your cooking assistant...Cooking Planit!

Caprese Salad with Balsamic Syrup
Recipe from Cooking Planit!
Ingredients
  • 5 Leaves Fresh Basil
  • 1/2 Pound Buffalo Mozzarella Ball
  • Black Pepper
  • 2 Tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • 1 Beefsteak Tomato
  • 1 Tbsp Balsamic Syrup
Instructions
  1. Use a paring knife to cut the core out of the tomato. Then, use a serrated knife to cut the tomato into 1/2 inch thick slices. You need 2 slices per person
  2. Slice the mozzarella and tomatoes into 1/4 inch thick slices. You need 2 slices per person
  3. Pick large basil leaves off the stems
  4. Season the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil with salt and pepper
  5. Layer the slices of tomato and mozzarella on a serving platter, overlapping them as you go. Insert a whole basil leaf in between every other slice
  6. Drizzle the olive oil and balsamic syrup over the top
    1. Balsamic syrup:
      1. 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
      2. 1 Tbsp sugar
      3. 1/2 Tbsp water
        1. Combine ingredients together in a small saucepan
        2. Let simmer over medium/low heat for 10 minutes, or until you can coat a spoon. Be careful not to let it boil

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