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Disneyland’s Copycat Meatless Monte Cristo Sandwich & Southern California Vacation Giveaway!

April 7, 2017

Create this delicious Disney Meatless Monte Cristo sandwich. So yummy and worth the calories!I’ve been to Disneyland once…once. It was for my 26th birthday and we had three little kids in tow. I slightly wish that it was just me alone because I’d be able to soak in all the elements but the kids have always remembered the light-sabers and the ride I took Freddie on and laughed at him when he was crying. Another thing I remember is the Monte Cristo sandwich from Cafe Orleans. You’ll find it pretty close to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and after you’ve past the famous Dole Whip station in Adventureland.

Create this delicious Disney Meatless Monte Cristo sandwich. So yummy and worth the calories!For this series I’ve partnered with other bloggers to show you our favorite Disneyland copycat recipes and I’m going to share with you Disney’s Meatless Monte Cristo Sandwich. The original has turkey, ham and swiss but I wanted to fancy it up a bit and do the meatless version with swiss, mozzarella and double cream brie cheese. I’m serving it along side a store bought berry puree and of course I have to fry it and dust it with powdered sugar.

Meatless Monte Cristo Sandwich – A Disney Copycat Recipe

Create this delicious Disney Meatless Monte Cristo sandwich. So yummy and worth the calories!

  • Prep Time: 5m
  • Cook Time: 6m
  • Total Time: 11m

Ingredients

Other Ingredients

  • blackberry preserves
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 3 cups canola oil

Sandwich

  • slices, brioche bread
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 slices, double-cream brie cheese
  • 2 slices, swiss cheese
  • 2 slices, fresh mozzarella

Batter

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Preheat your Canola oil to 350* in a frying pan.
  2. Spread the dijon mustard on the brioche bread, place a slice of swiss cheese on each slice of bread. Place the brie cheese and mozzarella on one side of the sandwich and sandwich the two slices together. Cut into a diagonal half.
  3. Place each half into the batter and coat well. Carefully place them into the oil and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan onto paper towels to soak up the excess oil. Cut each half in half again and dust with powdered sugar. Serve along side black berry preserves.

To start we’ll make the batter. Mix all the ingredients together well and let it rest while you assemble your sandwich. I used Trader Joe’s brioche loaf as the bread. You can grab all the cheeses there too. It I grabbed mine at my local Krogers.

Create this delicious Disney Meatless Monte Cristo sandwich. So yummy and worth the calories!I removed the rind from the brie cheese and just sliced it up the best I could but since it’s almost like cream cheese, it’ll be a little rustic looking. I sliced up some fresh mozzarella and I grabbed some sliced Swiss cheese at the butchers counter.

Create this delicious Disney Meatless Monte Cristo sandwich. So yummy and worth the calories!Slather each slice of brioche with Dijon Mustard and then on each slice of bread add a slice of Swiss cheese. Sandwich in the mozzarella and the brie and put both slices together. Now cut the sandwich triangle way in half and slather in that batter. Heat your oil to 350• and fry baby fry!

I let it fry for about 2-3 minutes on each side until it was pretty golden. I flipped the sandwich away from me so I didn’t get splattered and let the other side cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. I let it drain on a paper towel and sliced each half in half again so I had 4 triangles of sandwich. I served it along side a blackberry jelly which was just store bought. You can go all out making your own but it’s just another step I didn’t want to do. I wanted to get right down to eating this Disney Food classic.

Create this delicious Disney Meatless Monte Cristo sandwich. So yummy and worth the calories!Now to the good part! Get Away Today has generously donated a trip for 4 to head on down to Southern California! You choose where you want to go but I’d personally pick Disneyland so that I can eat all these yummy recipes without having to make them myself!

Now that you’ve seen how I make my favorite Disneyland treat at home check out how a few of my blog buddies make their favorites too!18 Copy Cat Disney Recipes AND Southern California Vacation Giveaway

Hand Dipped Corndogs from Dessert Now, Dinner Later

Clam Chowder Bread Bowl from Kleinworth & Co.

Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Treats from Tastefully Frugal

Monte Cristo Sandwich from See Lindsay

Churro Funnel Cake from Artsy Fartsy Mama

Pumpkin Mickey Mouse Beignets from Clarks Condensed

BLT Waffle Fries from Old House To New Home

Chocolate Peanut Butter Sandwiches from Love To Be In The Kitchen

Carrot Cake Cookies from Cupcake Diaries

Caramel S’mores from My Latina Table

Mickey Marshmallow Wand from Liz On Call

Dole Whip Popsicles from Bite Of Delight

Dole Whips from Girl Loves Glam

Mint Julep Slush from As The Bunny Hops

Frozen Chocolate Covered Bananas from Pretty Providence

Mickey Mouse Cake Pops from Play Party Plan

Mac’n’Cheese Pizza from Over The Big Moon

Mickey Mouse Beignets from Housewife Eclectic

AND enter to win a chance to try all these tasty treats in person at Disneyland yourself! One lucky winner will receive:

  • 4 Day/3 Night Hotel Stay in Anaheim or San Diego (winner’s choice)
  • 2 Adult and 2 Kids Tickets to TWO Southern California Parks (winner’s choice)

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$400 Christmas Cash Giveaway

November 21, 2016

I’m partnering up with a bunch of bloggers to bring to you a $400 Christmas cash giveaway! We’ve also pooled in to donate $175 for Toys-4-Tots and I’m so grateful I could be apart of that. To enter just click on the link below and follow the directions. Good Luck!

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Giveaway will started at 12:00 a.m. on November 21st and end at 12:00 a.m. on November 26th. Winner be selected via Rafflecopter and winning entry will be verified. Winner will be EMAILED from thecardswedrew@yahoo.com and will have 48 hours to respond via email. If no response is given, a new winner will be selected. Winner must have a valid PayPal account as the money will be sent via PayPal. Enjoy your Cyber Monday shopping and be sure to Spread Joy this season!

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Dracula Popcorn Box Craftiness and a GIVEAWAY

October 16, 2016

Make this easy Halloween craft using a popcorn box and a cut file.I. LOVE. HALLOWEEN. There, I said it. It’s everything to me and it’s mainly because I can decorate super crazy and not have my taste level challenged. I also love Halloween crafts. I’m happy to participate with Laura Kelly and a bunch more bloggers for their Popcorn Blog Hop. I decided since Halloween is so close – I’ll just go ahead and make a Dracula popcorn box craft.Make this easy Halloween craft using a popcorn box and a cut file.I started by spraying my Popcorn Box black. You can grab these at World Market in packs of 12 here.Make this easy Halloween craft using a popcorn box and a cut file.I then cut my Dracula shape out of my Cricut Explore and hot glued it on to two sides of the box. You can grab that cut file here. If you already have Cricut Access, these shapes are free – if not, I used 2 shapes so it’ll cost you $2. It’s really just a matter of spraying and gluing and not burning yourself in the process. Super easy Halloween craft plus you can fill it with goodies and pass them out to neighbors.

I know these bloggers have got tons of ideas up their sleeves so check out the other Popcorn Box crafts below.

Now for the GIVEAWAY! We’re so fortunate to have such great and willing sponsors who have provided all the prizes for five of you to win. The prizes are –

  • $50 World Market Gift Card
  • Sizzix Big Shot Machine (or Ellison Superstar) and Laura Kelly Dies – Value $100
  • Adorn It Planner Kit (Planner, Laura Kelly Papers and Stickers) – Value $65
  • Udderly Smooth Prize Pack with Hat and Mug – Value $75
  • DIY with Laura Kelly Crafty Stash (Kunin Felt, Expressionery Stamp, Expo International Pom Pom Trims and Tombow Products) – Value $100

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Bloggers Organization Ideas

January 15, 2016

The New Year means new goals for many…and a lot of people take this opportunity to get reorganized and refocused in the New Year. Today we have teamed up with a great group of bloggers to give you over 45 home organizing solutions for your household! Each blogger is sharing their favorite organizational products.

**NOTE: Each link contains affiliate links to Amazon. These posts are not sponsored and each blogger has selected their items based off personal preferences and experiences. The bloggers participating, nor Amazon and their vendors, can’t guarantee that the prices won’t change during or after the publishing of this post and are hereby released of any price matching guarantees or liability. Please understand, these are personal recommendations from popular bloggers in the industry. Enjoy!

Abbey from The Cards We Drew struggles with keeping weekday outfits organized, so it’s easy to get her kids out the door quickly in the morning. Abbey suggests this awesome Fashion Organizer off Amazon. With the organizer, you can set out your whole week’s worth of outfits all at one time…even labeling the sides of the organizer with the day so that your kids and family with have five outfits pre-selected before the weekday chaos even starts. No more sorting through the laundry or through closets and drawers looking for socks, underwear, and matching clothes…be one step ahead of the game and get everyone’s fashionable week ahead in gear for the new year. Purchase it HERE.

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Sarah from Life on Virginia Street has recently become obsessed with using mint julep cups in various sizes for organizing. Not only do they help corral miscellaneous items all over your home, but they look beautiful and help add a bit of bling to otherwise bland spaces like bathrooms or office desktops. Ranging from $10-30, they are a fairly affordable way to add some glamour to your home. Sarah finds them most useful for Q-Tips, cotton balls, pens/pencils, and other small objects. Better yet, they can double as beautiful vases for flower arrangements! You can find her favorite one HERE.Organizing with Mint Julep Cups - Life On Virginia Street

Valerie from Occasionally Crafty has the hardest time keeping her linen closet organized. Everything seems to spill into everything else! Her favorite solution is metal shelf dividers. They look classy, keep towels and sheets in their own spots, and are even customizable with some printable labels! Better yet, you can use them in your clothing closet to keep your clothes and purses organized too! There are many different types of shelf dividers, and you’ll need to choose the kind that fits your shelf best, but she recommends these ones for standard wooden shelves. photo Organization Post and Giveaway.jpg

Ashley from Simply Designing recently completely a makeover on her Laundry Room to help make it a beautiful and functional space. She got rid of her wire shelf and replaced it with beautiful new shelving. But once the new shelving was in place, she realized that she didn’t want to put her “ugly” plastic laundry containers back up on her pretty shelves. Her solution was to purge what she didn’t need, then transfer necessary laundry products into beautiful glass jars and pretty containers making the space both functional and beautiful! There are so many beautiful options of pretty containers out there, but she particularly loves and recommends this Glass Canister (set of 3) with Hermetic Seal Bail & Trigger Airtight Lock !

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Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings has a hard time keeping schedules and the kitchen organized without a meal plan. She is so grateful for when she takes the time to sit down and plan out the meals for the week. It makes shopping, keeping the kitchen in shape, and juggling meal time all easier. Marissa loves the “What to Eat” Meal Planning sheets. With spots for each dinner of week and more as well as a magnet that can stick right on your fridge you never have to have that battle with your hungry tummy and brain about what to make for dinner. Plus it makes it so much easier to make sure you have what you need in your kitchen when you need it. Get your on it for just HERE!

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Debra from Housewife Eclectic loves a clean and organized pantry. Debra suggests these fantastic chalkboard labels and jars for each of your pantry items. No more looking for the sugar or grabbing the wrong container. If you change your mind about what is in the container, no problem, simply wipe off the label and start again. These labels are awesome for kids toys, offices, and so much more. They are cute too! Purchase them HERE.

Vanessa from Our Thrifty Ideas can’t even find her glasses when they are on her face….so can you imagine how hard it is to find something that doesn’t have a “spot” for it to live? So the fact that these organization cubes are smaller in nature so they can fit virtually anywhere, yet accomplish complete organization, makes them one of the most perfect organizational products. Purchase it on Amazon and you can make single cubes or up to 4 in a square. Imagine putting all the kids stuffed animals, sports balls or even their clothes in each of the cubes. The ideas and organizational ideas are endless with these cubes! Purchase your own HERE.

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Michele from The Scrap Shoppe love to keep things organized, especially small, easy to lose things. Michele suggests this 26 drawer cabinet for less than $20 to keep little items organized! This drawer system is not just for the garage. Bring it into the house and keep little items in the craft room, kitchen, or even the kids’ Legos in order. Purchase it for HERE!

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Vanessa from Tried & True absolutely loves each and every masterpiece her boys create but is, quite honestly, overwhelmed with the piles and piles of artwork all over her small house! Framing some of the really special pieces was great but she also needed a quick and easy solution to display and appreciate a large amount of children’s art at once and found salvation in the unlikeliest of items…an Aluminum Slide Check Rack! They come in a huge variety of sizes (most under $20) to fit any wall space from the smallest corner to a large blank wall. You can even put multiple sliders together to cover a really really large space! Check out how I put one to use to create an easy easel for an art space and buy your own HERE!
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Tracie from Cleverly Inspired would be lost in the kitchen without her iPad. It is a go to tool for figuring out what’s for dinner, making a new recipe, ordering a new kitchen gadget right away on Amazon. This chic iPad holder keeps it protected, provides 3 viewing angles for the iPad to rest on and is great looking to boot! It has a card holder and a magnetic clasp to….so many days it doubles as my purse! It has held up great, for a great price! Comes in many colors but I really do like a gold. Click on this link to purchase!
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Kylie from Made by a Princess loves her pink girly office. It is full of cute jars, cake stands, crafts, ribbons, and a pink chair she calls “Dolly”. One thing she cannot live without in this pretty pink space is her 4ft folding table. This table is where she creates her Sizzix designs and hand embellished invitations, pays bills, and occasionally enjoys a glass of champagne listening to the Justins (Timberlake & Bieber) while sketching out a party design. Before her husband bought it for her she was crafting at the dining room table (as so many of us do). Now she can craft her heart out and have all she needs at her finger tips…and can close the doors so no one can see the mess! The best thing about this little table is that it is lightweight and portable which means it can easily be used folded up and transported to the party location or a photo shoot. Also, when not in use it collapses quickly and can be hidden behind a door or in a closet. It is very affordable…you can pick up your own adjustable folding table HERE.
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Jamie from C.R.A.F.T. has a slight obsession with vertical organization! Her secret weapon: Command Hooks! These handy dandy hooks can help you get every room in your house organized! See how she turned a door into a vertical storage kitchen masterpiece using the hooks. She also used them to organize all things school and kids and hang towels on doors. But, y’all these are also awesome for hats, scarves, robes, backpacks, and jackets. Oh and best of all, they don’t rip paint off of the wall when you’re ready to take them down, and they are re-useable! At a great low price for a pack of 6, I suggest getting 2 packs! Click this link to purchase.
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Britni from Play. Party. Pin. doesn’t have enough cabinet space in her kitchen and pantry for all of her baking supplies and spices. Britni suggests these awesome under shelf hanging baskets for $10.99 (medium size) or $17.99 (large size) off Amazon. With the under shelf hanging baskets, you can double the amount of space you have in your cabinets hanging a basket from each of the shelves. They’re perfect for smaller things like spices, measuring cups, kid sized cups, and more! Or use them in your craft room for paints, washi tape, or any other small supplies. Never run out of storage again! Purchase baskets HERE!

Over 50 of the best organization products from top bloggers! Use these under shelf baskets to organize small things in your kitchen, bathroom, or even craft room!

Melanie from Reasons To Skip The Housework struggles with all of the little things that get shoved into the junk drawer. There are push pins all over in three separate drawers because there’s no ONE place to put them. Melanie suggests these Stainless Steel magnetic containers from Amazon. With the organizer, you can have a place for all of the little things. You don’t have to use them as magnets, but if you put up a magnetic strip (you can buy them at Home Depot) you can have all the little things in easy reach! Purchase it HERE!
The best way to store all of the little things around the house, all in one place. These Stainless Steel containers are magnetic and come six to a pack.

Susan from Oh My! Creative needs help with kitchen organization. Last year she discovered these OXO Good Grips Turntables can keep her refrigerator organized as well as a few kitchen cabinets. Susan recommends two for the refrigerator one on each shelf. Place those items not used every day like extra sauces, olives, capers, and other recipe ingredients. When they are needed to make a recipe just give the turntable a whirl and you will easily locate the ingredient needed. This is also a great way not to have things pushed to the back of the fridge never to be seen again! They also work well in kitchen cabinets. Buy a few today to get organized – OXO Good Grips Turntables!
Susan recommends two for the refrigerator one on each shelf. Place those items not used every day like extra sauces, olives, capers, and other recipe ingredients. When they are needed to make a recipe just give the turntable a whirl and you will easily locate the ingredient needed. This is also a great way not to have things pushed to the back of the fridge never to be seen again! They also work well in kitchen cabinets. OHMY-CREATIVE.COM

Gina from Kleinworth & Co. shares a lot of recipes with her readers. That means she loves to cook & is in the kitchen all the time. This means she needs things to be organized & efficient when she’s working on recipes. So what could be more perfect than all her spices organized beautifully in mason jars? Gina suggests these Ball Mason Jars at Amazon.com. With these it makes it so simple because you can see exactly what’s in each one & they fit so nicely together too. No more mess in the spice cabinet with multiple sizes & shapes – just pretty little jars full of all your favorite seasonings. Purchase them HERE!

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Nat & Holly from My Sister’s Suitcase are both busy mamas who love a good solution to a cluttered counter full of baby stuff: bottles, pacifiers, baby spoons…you know the mess! This drying rack is both beautiful and functional and has been well-used by both sisters (and Holly’s new addition is coming any day!) If you’re looking for a unique and useful baby gift idea – this is it! You can get the Boon Grass drying rack HERE and the Boon Flower that holds bottle nipples and pacifiers HERE . It fits right into the grass and the whole unit is so easy to clean!

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Sydney from Tastefully Frugal is on a mission this year to get her tiny home organized. She has started in her office with her craft supplies (since they are taking over her entire home). Not only was she wanting to have things put away and organized but having them easily accessible was important too. Her secret for keeping all her vinyl for her Cameo organized; a dress pants hanger! You can slide your rolls of vinyl on each arm and then swing it close. When you need a roll all you have to do is pull it off that arm; no more digging through all your rolls to find one color. You can buy one here.

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Randi from Dukes and Duchesses has five kids and is always looking for stylish ways to keep the family organized. Randi thinks locker baskets not only look great but kids can quickly stash things in them and keep their rooms {somewhat} clean. While vintage baskets are a favorite, Amazon can help mimic the style with this Locker Basket. Slide them into shelves and cubbies to hold books and toys, use them in closets for hats and gloves, or set one on the kitchen counter to hold your favorite cookbooks. Buy it HERE!
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Stephanie from Somewhat Simple is a mom of 5 and has been on a constant quest to clear the clutter in her home. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up outlines a step-by-step process to simplify and organize that takes tidying up to a new level! Get rid of all the piles of “stuff” in your home FOREVER! Grab a copy of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up HERE!

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Beckie, from Infarrantly Creative, was tired of fighting the small storage she had for storing spices, constantly dropping bottles as she was searching for the spice she needed. She found the You Copia Spice Stack to fit perfectly in her small cabinet. She grabbed two 18 bottle stacks and put them one on top of the other. She marked each spice with a labeler, and now she never struggles to find spices by just pulling the drop down drawer out to grab the spice she needs. Purchase it HERE .

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Jillene from inkhappi believes pretty packaging is almost as important as the gift itself. Even the simplest of gifts seem extraordinary when they have that extra wow factor on the outside! It makes them more desirable. The only problem? Who has time to dig through the closet to find the perfect bow and tag? That’s why Jillene likes to keep her wrapping organized and easy to grab when she has very little time before running out the door with her gift in tow. This gift wrap organizer is her quick and simple solution for wrapping a pretty gift in a hurry. But there’s more this can do! This multi-purpose organization tool has many functions. With some creativity, it can be used for toys or even cleaning supplies and will easily hang on a door or in a closet. You can check out what Jillene did with her gift wrap organizer HERE. You can also pick up some cute, free printable tags and several tips to get you on your way to some “”pretty packaging”” yourself!

Over 40 clever organiztion tools chosen by bloggers to make your life more efficient!

Andrea from Andrea’s Notebook has more craft and sewing supplies than space in her craft closet. Her pegboard wall helps organize all the supplies she likes to keep close at hand, like her scissors, ribbons, thread and vinyl! These pegboards are easy to attach to any wall and with the use of J Hooks or other pegboard hooks you can hang almost anything. You can buy giant sheets of pegboard at most hardware stores but this pegboard kit from Amazon gets delivered to your door. Grab it HERE, for a good price!

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The girls from My Mommy Style have a lot of kids and that means a lot of shoes! I am sure you can relate with this problem and the fact that shoes seems to appear in any corner of the house or right in the middle of your kitchen. We love this Stackable shoe organizer because you can adapt it to fit any shoe size or space that you need it to fit (you can change the pieces to be more vertical or horizontal, whichever you prefer.) This shoe organizer is a little more expensive, but the cost is worth it because it is more sturdy and adaptable to whatever space you may need. Another good idea is to use a label maker to make each cubby specific to its owner or shoe type. Buy it HERE.

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Jenn from My Fabuless Life struggles with ample storage space and hates piles and clutter. Her favorite way to create extra storage space and keep the piles of clutter at bay is with a silverware caddy (like this one you can purchase on Amazon). They’re great for kids art supplies (including paper and coloring books in the large back compartment), desktop organization for things like mail, scissors, and pens, or a sewing or craft room for fabric, scissors, and sewing supplies, or even in the bathroom for magazines, cotton swabs, and lotions…the possibilities are really endless–anything you can fit in these compartments and want to group together. And the best part: it’s portable organization! They look pretty left out, but keep things together and tidy if you have the space, or can be tucked away in a cupboard or closet. And one last bonus tip: they’re great for taking on the road and keeping projects organized! Purchase it here .

How to Organize Clutter MyFabulessLife.comRaquel from Organized Island has saved lots of valuable time by labeling storage with her DYMO LabelMaker 160. With its easy use and font variations it is a great deal! You can find it on Amazon.

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Katie from The Casual Craftlete loves making paper crafts and pretty packaging. Her favorite way to store large 12 x 12 paper pads is with an Essential Storage Box. This box is not only great for keeping paper safe from damage, but it can easily hold a variety of crafting tools and supplies such as scissors, punches, ribbon, and embellishments. This light weight-light heavy duty large open box securely closed with two latches and has a molded in handle that makes carrying easy. Perfect for taking to a scrapbook retreat crop-hop. Grab an Essential Storage box for HERE!

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Chelsea from Two Twenty One swears by these drawer organizers. They’re perfect for keeping smaller items organized in dresser drawers. Chelsea’s favorite place to use them is in her son’s nursery dresser. She rolls up his clothes and puts them into their designated organizer, making those tiny clothes easier to find. The drawer organizers are also great for curtailing socks, burp cloths, bibs, pacifiers, travel-size toiletries, baby accessories, and more. But they aren’t limited to only baby items. The organizers can also be used for adult socks, underwear, belts, and more. They also fold to save space when not in use, making them an organizational must have. You can purchase a 12 pack set of drawer organizers here!

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Cori from Hey, Let’s Make Stuff is a new mom of twins and can’t believe how many toys two tiny babies can have! To wrangle all those toys, Cori suggests this cute Elephant Toy Box from Amazon. With this toy box, you can store your baby’s (or babies’!) toys out of the way but still accessible. Plus, it’s cute but not baby-overload. Not into elephants? There are a bunch of options! Purchase one HERE .

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Marie from Blooming Homestead loves finding practical ways to stay organized. This Rotating Storage Caddy found on Amazon is not only pretty but functional too. Marie suggests using this to organize anything from managing make-up, to kid’s craft supplies, not to mention it is perfect to keep desk clutter minimized. These are a great way to keep your home functional and organized and you can purchase the Rotating Storage Caddy here.

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Camille from Growing Up Gabel got tired of searching for a lost TV remote! Camille loves this Remote Control Organizer from Amazon. The organizer is huge and will hold a lot more than just a remote. Put the media caddy in a central location in any room with a device that has a remote. Not only will it corral remotes, but it also looks classy, too. The caddy comes in brown or white so it will match any decor. Purchase the media caddy HERE!

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Taryn from Design, Dining and Diapers LOVES this simple Kitchen Organizer from IKEA. Easily add this steel rail to the end of your kitchen cabinet and store pot holders or dish towels. It provides easy access to things you use multiple times a day and it looks pretty too! You can get TWO rails for a great price..purchase HERE.

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Christina from Christina’s Adventures is working on getting her kids to help with their never-ending dirty laundry (and trying to figure out a better system for herself!). She suggests this durable 3-bag laundry sorter. These heavy duty canvas bags will hold a load of laundry each, and can be easily unhooked from the organizer and carried using the handles to the washing machine. So much easier for us moms, but also kid-friendly when trying to carry this down two flights of steps to the washing machine! Purchase it HERE!

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Mariah from Giggles Galore loves to make lists to keep up with her busy schedule. With so many details and schedules to juggle she prefers to keep a sticky pad for every type of t0-do handy so she can tackle organization and those lists one task at a time. Mariah suggests these creative and witty Knock Knock To Accomplish Sticky Notes off Amazon. With these sticky notes, you’ll be able to tackle everything from your grocery list to those tasks you just want to put off. Start the new year off right and make everyday a productive one with a few funny and functional t0-do lists. Purchase it HERE!

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Kelly from Live Laugh Rowe is a fanatic about tidy closets. Kelly suggests using these awesome Stackable Crates of various sizes at Amazon. With these stackable crates, you can make the most use of your closet space. They work great in the pantry, linen closet, laundry room and more! No more random piles and having to rummage through disorganized closets. Start that New Years resolution of getting organized right with these clever stackable storage solutions! Purchase a set of these Large Stackable Crates !

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Hi! I’m Stacy from Not Just A Housewife. Let’s discuss paper clutter for a minute. I have always struggled with homework and school papers cluttering up my kitchen. The kids come home from school and unload their backpacks on the counter. Important papers and assignments would get lost. The problem was, there really wasn’t a good place to put it. I tried a basket once. I tried a drawer. But if it was out of sight, it was out of mind. When I was at IKEA and I saw the magazine racks, I thought that might just be the answer I was looking for. We have used it for a few years now and it has saved us! No more lost homework and no more piles on my counters.

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Aniko from Place Of My Taste used to struggle to keep her daily mail overflow and paperwork that came home from school each day organized. But not anymore. She found an excellent way to keep her entryway organized and clutter free. She found this amazing magazine rack that (she spray painted it, so it goes with her entryway decor), and now she uses it on a daily basis. She drops in, and outgoing mail, magazines, folders, paperwork from school and it keeps her life organized. Purchase this awesome magazine rack HERE

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Hello there! I’m Kristen Duke from Capturing Joy, and I love to share on my site all about the fun family adventures in life, and how we create joy. I’m currently trying to manage the shoe situation in my small closet. Piles of shoes end up on the floor, and I’m worried I’m going to snap a heel, or pierce it into my foot! Which is worse?!? Hmmmm…. I love this hanging shoe carousel, and think it’s a great solution for shoes and bags!

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Kimbo from A girl and a glue gun has 3 kids and a busy schedule–she loves to be able to see whats going on with a quick glance! Use this fun chalkboard calendar to write the menu on, get one for each kid and write their chores on it, or use it to help keep you straight on soccer practice, dance practice, meetings etc! Pair it with some fun chalk markers and get organized! Get your chalkboard calendar HERE!

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Lindsay from Frenchie picks the Stair Basket with Handle from Amazon. How easy is clean up with a basket on the stairs that you can take up each night? Each one of my kids have these and when they leave something downstairs, instead of nagging them, I just throw it in there. They’re responsible to clean it out once a week and it has been life changing. Grab it here.

Frenchie's pick

Kelli and Kristi from Lolly Jane love organizing. It seems to help keep them organized if it’s pretty organization! The twins suggest this darling American Crafts diagonal printed clipboard from Amazon. There are several coordinating clipboards if you wanted to keep different family member’s papers organized in style, have all your to-do’s neatly layed out in coordination, etc. Purchase this gold plated clipboard!

Use gold clipboards for organization ideas!

Mique from Thirty Handmade Days has learned the power of a slow cooker in her life. This is one thing that has helped her keep organized with a crazy busy schedule and shuttling her big(ish) kids around in the afternoon and evenings. She especially likes make ahead freezer meals and to help with that she uses freezer meal baggy stands. They hold up the bags so that you can pour ingredients into the bags without making a mess. Life changing!! You can purchase them HERE.

miquespickSara from Mom Endeavors knows how crazy mornings can get when trying to get everyone out the door. Making lunches just adds to the busyness. To help, Sara recommends Easy Lunchboxes! Her family has been using them for the last 5 years and LOVES them!! With these awesome stacking bento boxes, you can just grab a box and fill in the divided containers. No messing with baggies or various different sized plastic containers. They stack beautifully in the cupboard, helping you stay organized and making lunch prep a breeze! Purchase a set HERE!

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Baby Malakai - Giveaway

Bringing Home Baby Giveaway

January 11, 2016

If your new to reading the blogsy, I had a baby 3 months ago and he’s been in the NICU ever since. I’ve had other kids but the style game has changed A LOT in the last five years. I’ve teamed up with some killer shops to giveaway some essentials for the babe when bringing them home. I do own these products and I chose shops that I love and that I know are crutial to looking good together.

To enter, head to my Instagram account and tag some friends, be sure to follow all the accounts, too. Take a screenshot and repost with the hashtag #WelcomeHomeMalakai for another entry. Good luck!

Here are the prizes:

Copper Pearl – Bandana Bibs and a Multi Use Cover

Copper Pearl cover Copper Pearl bibs

Their bibs are seriously the best. So soft and high quality. The best feature is the double button so you can adjust the sizing. The cover, WHOA! Just as soft as the bibs and it fits me. I have a hard time with covers like this because they don’t fit a heavy honey like me, not this one.

Rags to Raches – $50 credit to their shop

RagsYou can’t go wrong here. Rachel also had a preemie so I feel like we’re bonded just in that sense but she also has killer style. You can get hooded ones, short sleeve ones, pink, blue, black, acid wash – whatever your heart desires.

Nena and Co. – Clutch

NenaAndCoAli always makes sure her items are up to her standards. They make such high quality bags, camera straps, clothing, etc. that it’s hard to not to want everything. They’re giving away a clutch to carry all your money, cards and keys so they don’t get lost in the good ole diaper bag.

Freshly Picked – soft sole moccs

FP MoccsI’ve talked about my love of Freshly Picked a lot. There are a lot of knock-offs out there and there is really only one difference, your Freshly Picked moccs will outlast those others 10 to 1. They come in sizes up to 10 and every pair we’ve owned has seen its fair share of brutality and there has never been an incident of holes or loose threads. I really love these shoes.

Tubby Todd – $25 credit to their shop

TubbyToddWho doesn’t want the best possible thing on their baby’s skin? All natural and award winning soaps FTW. I know lots of moms who use this for themselves, too.

Solly Baby – a wrap of your choice

SollyBabyMine came in the mail before I even delivered him. I knew I needed one of these so I could actually get some housework done while catering to his needs. These are super soft and versatile, any good reason to own anything.

Recipes - Side Dishes

Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette Recipe

May 21, 2015

Make this simple and delicious Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette in your very own BlendtecThis is freaking delicious! I recently went to a blogger event and they had a salad similar and I knew I wanted to create it in my new Blendtec. Those blenders are heaven and you can win your very own. Just scroll to the bottom of the page for the entry form.

Make this simple and delicious Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette in your very own BlendtecI teamed up with Britni from Play.Party.Pin and Dee from Cupcakes and Crowbars to offer this giveaway and to offer some delish healthy recipes. All my life I have struggled with my weight and I decided that this year I am going to run the Chicago Half Marathon. It’s a huge undertaking considering that I have never ran electively in all my life! I knew I had to start with my eating habits and my Blendtec has helped achieve those goals.

I knew I needed to start with a crunch element and this recipe for Candied Walnuts was the best bet. You can also substitute the sugar for Truvia and it’ll give you essentially the same taste, just use 1/2 of the recommended amount.

Make this simple and delicious Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette in your very own BlendtecIt was then time to add everything into the Blendtec for the Strawberry Vinaigrette. With previous blenders, you pretty much were stuck with chunks being left in my dressing and not always the oil and vinegar emulsified. I started with cutting my strawberries in half, added the sugar, vinegar, olive oil and the lemon juice and I just selected the smoothie button. It  did all the work for me. If it needed to increase intensity, it was automatic. I took only 40 seconds for me to have the perfect, smooth dressing.

Make this simple and delicious Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette in your very own BlendtecNow that the dressing is done and easy peasy, I started to assemble my salad. Because this has no wet element, you can easily make this salad ahead of time and then just add the dressing when it is time to serve or serve the dressing on the side if you know it’ll be sitting out for a while. I grabbed a package of spinach from the store and some feta cheese, I added the candied walnuts on top and then spooned the vinaigrette over the top.

Make this simple and delicious Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette in your very own BlendtecFor sure this is going to be a go to salad and the best things about salad is you can add whatever you want and it will always (almost) taste awesome.

Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette Recipe (Plus a Blendtec Giveaway)
Recipe Type: Salad
Author: Lindsay aka Frenchie
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • Spinach
  • Feta Cheese
  • Candied Walnuts
  • For Dressing:
  • 1 pint fresh or frozen Strawberries
  • 1 Tbsp Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • 1/8 cup Sugar
Instructions
  1. For the dressing, combine all ingredients and blend using your Blendtec blender. Until all ingredients are emulsified.
  2. For the Salad, combine the spinach, feta cheese and candied walnuts and toss. Add the desired amount of dressing.

**GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED**

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win one of your very own Blendtec Blenders Designer 625 in your choice of color. It also will come with the Twister Jar which is the jar I used for this vinaigrette. The Twister Jar gives you the ability to make your own nut butters and hummus recipes, great for thicker items.

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Giveaway - Health and Fitness

Albion Fit Review and a Instagram Giveaway

April 2, 2015

Go Long Crew - black If you follow me on Facebook, you may have heard last month that I’ve taken on a challenge…a HUGE challenge. I’m going to be running in the Chicago Half Marathon in September. No, I’ve never taken on running before but I know that it’s something I can do. 

However, it’s something I can’t do alone. I’ve enlisted a lot of help from some different companies to help me on my journey and one of them is the oh so fabulous, Albion Fit

 

You may have seen Simply Sadie Jane wearing their gear just because she is a beast but I got the chance to review their Go Long Crew with thumb-holes and now I can see why people want to live in their workout gear. You really can wear this shirt pretty much anywhere but it’s been really great for me when I’m running/jogging. 

The convenience of the thumb-holes is something that you wouldn’t think would be practical but in all reality, it’s pretty genius. They hold the sleeves in place and keep the shirt comfortable.

The shirt is a poly/rayon/spandex blend and is soft and a really relaxed fit. I ordered myself an XXL because I thought maybe it would shrink and I’m a little self-conscious when I move… ;). It’s really held it’s shape and through each wash, it’s held its color and its softness.  

 

The most exciting part of this post is that Albion Fit has agreed to give one of you and a friend a Go Long Crew in any color of your choice! They come in black, cool mint, nectarine, pink, ivory, and grey/white stripes

To Enter! Just head on over to my INSTAGRAM and find the Albion Fit/Frenchie post. Follow Frenchie and Albion Fit and tag a friend on the photo for one entry and for an additional entry, repost the picture with the hash-tag #AlbionFitFrenchieRunsGiveaway. For another entry, head on over to Albion Fit’s Pinterest page and pin one of your favorite items and leave a link in the comments.

*The giveaway is not in any way associated with Instagram or Pinterest and will be valid from 4/2-4/6 of 2015. For the additional entry, Instagram profile must be public to be eligible. Winner will be notified via message within 48 hours.

Giveaway

Southern California Vacation  Giveaway!

March 24, 2015

You guys, you have no idea how much I love Disney, Universal and all things Southern California has to offer. I recently met up with Get Away Today at Build Your Blog Conference last month and had a blast at their booth. They can help you with all your vacation needs, but their specialty is Southern California. That’s why I’m so excited to be participating in this giveaway.

So now for the details. I’m teaming up with Simplistically Living and Get Away Today to give away a Southern California Vacation Package to one lucky family! This is a $1,500 value!

About our Sponsor:
Get Away Today has helped more than 2 million people enjoy vacations to Disneyland and beyond. Almost like magic, they have become one of the world’s leading providers of Disney vacations, family vacations, discount vacation packages, and adventure vacations. I personally use Get Away Today whenever I am booking a vacation because they offer the best rates and customer service around! Whether you are looking for a quick weekend getaway or a few weeks away from home, Get Away Today has the perfect destination for you!

Current offers from Get Away Today:

You can see all the current vacation offers and specials from Get Away Today Here.

Giveaway Time!

Now it’s time for the giveaway! 1 lucky family is going to win a Southern California Vacation Package valued at $1,500!
The prize includes:

  • 3-night hotel stay
  • 2 adult and 2 child 1-day tickets to two theme parks of the winner’s choice! (Think Disneyland, LEGOLAND, SeaWorld, and more!)

How to Enter: Enter using the rafflecopter widget below. Open to US Residents only. Must be 18+ years of age to enter. Good Luck!

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Disclosure: This blog is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This giveaway is sponsored by Get Away Today.