Love comes in many forms – Can’t wait for The Choice to come out!


Carving out some time for me #AD #TheChoiceMovie

There’s something wonderful about preparing myself for a bath where I know I’m going to close the door and check out for a few. I don’t usually have the luxury of soaking in peace for very long, so when I get the chance I like to take full advantage. This week I was determined to get some time to myself, soaking and reading a favorite book. It’s one of those simple pleasures that any mom can appreciate. Luckily for me, my husband knows this and takes over with the kids when I need to step away. When you’re married, love comes in many forms and it’s not always hugs and kisses. I always oblige when he wants to go to a concert with a buddy and I fully expect the same when I need time away. For us, love is having that mutual understanding for each other when the other has had enough and needs a break.For us, it works and keeps us functioning as sane parents :)

Then the other night I saw a window of opportunity, perfect timing or so I thought. It was just after dinner with JP was quietly watching TV and Melody was playing happily in her playpen that I thought I could sneak off to draw a hot bath for myself . Everybody was fed and occupied, so I thought I’d grab my chance while I could.

Carving out some time for me #AD #TheChoiceMovie

“Tonight I’m taking a bath and I’m going to lock the door, so be sure that the house is burning down if you expect me to open it for any reason” I told my husband as I hurried off and headed to my little retreat in the next room.

The book I was about to delve in was one of those books that they made into a movie –  the new Nicholas Sparks movie, The Choice that’s coming out Feb..5th. If you’re one for tear-jerkers, you’ll love this one. It’s all about being in love, difficult choices and believing in destiny to find your perfect match.

Carving out some time for me #AD #TheChoiceMovie

With my lit candles and scented bubbles, I was 1000 miles away hearing subtle baby noises in the distance. It got noisier and noisier until finally I heard a firm knock on the bathroom door.

“……What it is?” I asked, hesitating.

“Your daughter crapped her diaper,”  He replied. “I need your help”

And with that, bath time was over.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

How to make the ultimate hospitality basket for your guests

How to make the ultimate hospitality basket for your guests #HolidayNecessities #CG

Tomorrow will officially begin Christmas at my house because my whole family will all be here! Between JP being off school and the festive feel in the air, it’s finally hitting us that it’s finally here. I’ve known for the longest time that I would have house guests this year, so I’ve been preparing and putting alot of thought into how I will make it the best possible experience. One of the ways I’ve come up with is putting together a nice basket of toiletries with everything you could possibly need in it.

Isin’t it the worst when you go to a friends home, use their bathroom and find out there’s no toilet paper after you’ve done your business? My first instinct is to look in the cabinet under the sink, but nobody really wants to feel like they’re snooping so it’s a little awkward to poke your head out of the bathroom and ask, “hey, can I have a roll of toilet paper?”

How to make the ultimate hospitality basket for your guests #HolidayNecessities #CG

To avoid putting my guests in that situation, I have come up with a hospitality basket that includes everything I could possibly think of. I went to Walmart and loaded up on Cottonelle®, Kleenex®, Scott®, and Viva® products because I was able to use their ibotta app to save some money! I also passed through the travel item section and found some other great knicknacks to include.Using the ibotta app, I was able to save $1 off Cottonelle® (12-ct or larger), $1 off Scott® (12-ct or larger) $1 off Viva® (6-ct or larger) and finally –  Buy two products and get an extra dollar back!

How to make the ultimate hospitality basket for your guests #HolidayNecessities #CG

With 7 adults and a child, we’ll definitely be using some toilet paper, kleenex® and Viva® paper towels. Viva® is one of my favorites because it is so strong and absorbent. If I use it to wipe up water, I almost always wring it out, let it dry and use it again. Since we’ll be cooking up a holiday feast, there’s some messes that are sure to get made.

How to make the ultimate hospitality basket for your guests #HolidayNecessities #CG

Kleenex® is great to have around too, so I always keep a box on the back of my toilet for convenience. I love that they come in these cool looking oval shaped boxes too! Toilet paper comes in all varieties too – I bought Cottonelle® for its softness and Scott for its value

How to make the ultimate hospitality basket for your guests #HolidayNecessities #CG

So let the countdown begin! I’m ready for all the festivities to begin!! I put this little basket in the bathroom so my guests will have everything they need at their fingertips and not have to awkwardly poke their head out to ask.

In the basket I put travel size toiletries just like a hotel!

1 roll of Cottonelle® Toilet Paper, shampoo & conditioner, bar soap, bath gel, mouthwash, toothpaste, toothbrushes (incase they forgot), bath sponge, shave cream and makeup wipes.

 How to make the ultimate hospitality basket for your guests #HolidayNecessities #CG

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits

Tracking PixelSpending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals

I attended a party that was sponsored by Minute® Rice and got together with some other local bloggy buddies to kick back and enjoy some festive food together before we do it all over again with family. I love my babies more than anything, but sometimes it’s refreshing to get out of the house and hang out with other grown people! All opinions expressed are my own.

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals

These events are always so much fun – There’s yummy treats and snacks prepared just like these, and the decor was just amazing! I love a beautiful tablescape… It was almost too nice to mess up! Like this spread of yummy goodies… The ham was good, but the rice dish really gave it a nice compliment. Shhh, don’t tell – they used Minute® Rice! Such a huge time saver when you’re making lotsa little dishes for a party like this.

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals

Minute® Rice is like my dirty little kitchen secret.. Nutritionally speaking, it’s got everything regular rice has and it’s nearly impossible to mess up. I’ll admit it – I’m not very good at making rice so I’m thankful that there’s a few different varieties of Minute® Rice available. I really enjoy that I can have perfectly cooked white rice, brown rice or the multi-grain in a matter of minutes.. It leaves me the extra time to focus on the main dish or another yummy side. Rice is naturally gluten free, so it’s been a key food in my diet lately.

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals

…And the table looked like this:

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals I love how the hostess of the party used Minute® Rice to fill the inside of the glass that held the candle. It added some clever seasonal texture to the overall look of the decor – gonna file that idea away and use it someday..

Finally, it was time to sit down, kick back and enjoy some fun time!

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals

Need an easy recipe for Thanksgiving? Try this one! Wine & Mushroom Brown Rice is easily made in less than 20 minutes. Your guests will think you’re a 5 star chef!

  • 2 cups of COOKED Brown Minute® Rice
  • 1 cup of sliced mushrooms (I used baby bella)
  • 3 green onions (chopped)
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt

Prepare 2 cups of brown rice according to the package directions & set aside. In a separate pan, melt the butter with the olive oil on med-high. Once the pan is hot, transfer in your mushrooms, onions and garlic and let them soften for about 2-3 minutes. Add in the white wine and stir – let it simmer and cook off the alcohol for a minute. Add in the brown rice, season with salt and serve!

Enjoy :)

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Rice.

 

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