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How to Unstain your Stainless Steel Appliances

How to Unstain your Stainless Steel Appliances

Stainless steel appliances have become a staple for most homeowners in the last couple decades. I personally love the look of stainless steel. It matches well with almost any combination of counters/cabinets and it’s just overall aesthetically pleasing. Aside from the neutral look, it is also non-porous, unlike other plastic appliances, which means it is easier to clean and is germ-resistant. Also since stainless steel is so popular, it is very easy to coordinate other kitchen appliances to the same finish. For example, all my kitchen accessories are stainless steel, from my larger appliances like my fridge and double oven to my smaller appliances like my toaster  and stand mixer. Even my trash can rests in a stainless steel container . If taken care of properly, the finish is very durable and will last for years.

With all that said, I must say that stainless steel should really be named “nearly stainless steel.” As much as I try to clean everything appropriately, life happens! For example, lots of messes happen around the trash can and I noticed little brown rust spots in some areas on my stainless steel bin. The stainless steel cleaner did nothing to remove them, but the spots were on the back of the trash can so I didn’t mind too much. Then came the day that my 7-year-old wanted to help me clean the kitchen… 


We were having a party in a few days and I was preparing the house for guests. My daughter asked if she could help me clean up. It’s such a rarity I almost fainted. As soon as the shock wore off, I handed her the bottle of kitchen cleaner and told her to spray down the counters and wipe them off with a sponge. After I was finished loading the dishwasher, I went upstairs for a while. When I came back down, she told me she had cleaned everything. “Great job!” I said. And I rejoiced in knowing that I have a little helper after all.

The next morning my husband came to me horrified and asked what I had used to clean the outside of the fridge? I told him that I hadn’t used anything new and I actually hadn’t cleaned it for a while. I went to the kitchen to see what he was talking about and my entire refrigerator was covered in rust! I didn’t know what had happened, but I tried cleaning it with the normal stainless steel wipes I use and they didn’t help anything. At this point, I was ready to cry. The fridge was only a few months old and we had spent good money on it! At that point, I noticed that my double oven had rust spots, too. What in the world was going on?

All of a sudden, something clicked. I asked my daughter if when she cleaner the counter tops did she also clean the appliances? She said that she had. I tried not to be mad, she didn’t know, but I did explain to her to her that the spray for the kitchen was not to be used on the appliances. She felt very bad and I told her we could try to fix it together.

I used my trusty friend Google to try to find out if anyone else had been unfortunate enough to have this same problem. Luckily for me, I found a few different solutions. Many called for lemon, but I didn’t have lemon and I wanted to try to use things already in my house. I wanted to get this taken care of now. Finally, I came across the easiest solution on a manufacturer’s website: Baking soda and water.

The instructions were simple.

  1. Take equal parts baking soda and water, mix them together to make a paste.
  2. Rub the paste on the stainless steel with a microfiber cloth, going with the grain.
  3. Rinse the baking soda mixture off the stainless steel with water.

 

My suggestions for afterward:

     4. Wipe with your normal stainless steel cleaner/polish  going with the grain.
     5. Polish the surface in a circular motion with a microfiber cloth  to add back shine.

 

Voila! It should be back to new! You will need to keep rinsing the cloth of the baking soda off because it will start to clump. Also make sure to rinse ALL the baking soda off the appliance before using the cleaner. Otherwise, spots will look dull. Let me say, this would be super easy for a small area, such as the rust spots on my trash can, but for my entire fridge and double oven it took a while. No complaints though because it did worked wonders!

 

Let me know if you try this and how it works for you!

Why We Don’t Do Elf on the Shelf

Why We Don’t Do Elf on the Shelf

We don’t do Elf on the Shelf.

*Gasp*. You may think to yourself, Elf on the Shelf seems like such a wonderful holiday memory! Why would anyone not want to share that with their kids? I will assure you that I am not a Grinch and I am not a bad mom (well jury is still out on that one). But seriously, let me give you the run down of why we don’t have an Elf. If you do have an Elf and love the tradition, I’m glad it works for you! These opinions aren’t anti-elf, they are just what works best in our house.

Reason #1: Santa is magical.

Growing up as a kid, it was amazing to me that Santa “sees you when your sleeping, knows when you’re awake. He knows if you’ve been bad or good…” simply because he is SANTA and he knows things. To my husband and I, the fact that Santa needs to send a spy out to invade your home and watch your kids like a hawk kind of takes away from how awesome the illusion of Santa is for our children. If Santa is so great, why would he need a little snitch to run back to the North Pole every night to tell him what’s going on?

Reason # 2: It’s less stress.

We try to keep everything pretty simple around our home to keep it running smoothly. I know myself enough to be honest, I’m pretty lazy. I am sure that I would forget to move the Elf more often than not. We all have pretty busy schedules and by the time the kids go to bed, my husband and I are both just as exhausted. I mean, I’ve forgotten to be the Tooth Fairy more times than I’d like to admit, so why add another thing to my plate.

Reason #3: Once you are in, you are IN.

Think about it, when you do Elf on the Shelf one year, you have to do it every year after that. My oldest daughter first asked me about the Elf when she was 5 (she’s 9 now), her younger sister was 3, and we have another daughter who wasn’t even thought of then. So, if I had started when she first asked, I would have already been doing it for four years. My youngest is only 2-years-old now, so we are talking at least another six years. That’s 10 years of my life that I would have committed to needing to know exactly where the Elf is every December. To be honest, I know I’d lose it, probably more than once, and have to spend more money replacing it. Not to mention, coming up with clever schemes for it every night while its out. Which leads me to my final thought…

Reason #4: The Elf is mischievous

I don’t know much of the elf’s backstory, but maybe it explains why he’s so naughty. How is Santa going to send an elf to watch my children, then allow the elf to misbehave the way it does? I just really don’t understand why these elves are setting such poor examples for our children. Whoever understands that aspect, please explain…

With all that said, a few years ago my MIL decided to get one for her house while the kids are there. His name is “Elmer” and he’s pretty cool. To me, it makes more sense that Santa wouldn’t be able to keep an eye on them while they were at someone else’s house. It’s also something fun for them to look forward to while they are there.

While I wish I was full of energy and ideas about what to do with the elf, I’m not. I’m honest about it. I am also honest with the fact that I do enjoy seeing other people’s posts about what their elves are up to. Some of you parents are so creative!

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? Feel free to share stories of times you’ve forgotten to move the thing and how you’ve gotten out of it! If you don’t have an Elf on the Shelf, let me know if you agree with my reasons or if you have a different  reason why you don’t have one.

Mini NES: What’s All The Hype and How I Got One

Mini NES: What’s All The Hype and How I Got One

Today was the release of the Nintendo NES Classic Edition AKA mini NES! If you haven’t heard about this bad boy, you must have been hiding under a rock for the last few months. It has been highly anticipated by gamers of all ages since it was first announced on July 14, 2016.

The NES Classic Edition is a miniaturized version of the groundbreaking NES, originally released in 1985. Serving as Nintendo’s love letter to its system, the NES Classic is a retro inspired journey through its early history compacted into a tiny package. Nintendo curated 30 games from what it calls an 8-bit wonderland and crammed them into a miniaturized version of its legendary system. Most importantly it is HDMI compatible, which is an advancement compared to it’s predecessor. Just plug the NES Classic Edition into your TV, pick up that gray controller, and rediscover the joy of NES games. You can find the list of included games here.

 

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Obviously, I was worried about being able to get my hands on one since there wasn’t an option for pre-order and the supply was going to be limited. I knew I needed to act as quickly as I could, but my options are limited considering I have children who can’t be dragged out of the house for a midnight release, and who also need their mom to be home in the morning to put them on the bus. With that in mind, I had to come up with a game plan.

My hunt started yesterday afternoon as I called store after store, in my area, to find out what time they would be releasing the NES Classic and how many units they had in stock. My best options were the Walmart, Game Stop, and Target. Walmart said they were doing a midnight release. Unfortunately, that was not an option for me due to previously stated reasons. Game Stop was next on my list and they said that they only had 4 units, and that sales were limited to one per customer, they open at 10am. I didn’t call Target because I already knew the store would have them for sale and I assumed they were my best option. In the morning I could drop my kids off at the bus stop at 7:15 and then head straight to Target. I knew Target didn’t open until 9am, so I should be fine.

Fast forward to this morning, I call Walmart at 6am to confirm that they had sold out at midnight; they had. So, at 7:20am after my two older kids get on the bus, I look up Target’s availability for today and notice that they open at 8am, not 9am. I throw my toddler in the truck and make a mad dash for the store. I get there at 8:05am and they were already sold out. Seriously?! The employee in electronics said there was a line at the door when they opened. A few other stragglers followed behind me, also disappointed at being a few minutes too late.

During all this I am in a chat with my husband and two of his best friends. I am in PA, husband is working in DC, one friend is in FL and the other is in MD. We are all 4 trying to buy the mini NES. They decide to use the site brickseek.com to find stores with availability. My husband goes to a Target in DC and he watches the last console be purchased as he is in line. Our friend in FL has heartbreak as every store he drives by has a line a mile long. Our friend in MD goes to Best Buy, Target, and Walmart with the same luck. This is getting depressing.

With Walmart and Target both duds, I had a decision to make. I could go to the Game Stop in the middle of town (which was closer) and see how long the line was, or I could go to the Game Stop one town over. This Game Stop was more out of the way and in a less busy area, so I made a split second decision to head straight there and not waste time swinging by the one closest to me. It takes about 20 minutes and I arrive at the Game Stop at 8:30am. Are my eyes deceiving me? There is absolutely no one in line! I rejoice!

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This is the same Game Stop I had called yesterday, so I knew they had 4 available. I park my truck and start to get my toddler out of the car. Another car pulls up next to me with two adults inside. I throw my toddler in her stroller without even buckling it, and dash to the door of the store! I knew if I was first in line, there would be no reason that I couldn’t get one. The two people who just pulled up fell in line behind me. I felt a sense of sweet victory as the manger showed up about an hour before the store opened and talked to the 3 of us. It was guaranteed, we were getting the consoles! Another girl showed up at 8:40am and that marked the final owner of a console.

 

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During the next hour, we had to let a lot of people down who were filing in line behind us. Most of them refused to believe that there were only 4 consoles. They would go through the all 5 stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance) before finally admitting defeat and leaving. One lady tried to act like she would just be able to hop in front of the rest of us in line because she “called yesterday.” As victors, the four of us in line joined forces and let her know that wouldn’t be happening. She finally left.

At 10am the doors to the store opened and I proudly pushed my daughter’s stroller up to the front counter. I asked if they had any extra controllers to go along with the system. He stated they only had one extra controller to sell. Guess what bitches? It’s mine!

 

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I’ll update the post with more pics once I get this opened up! If you didn’t manage to get a Nintendo Mini NES today, a Game Stop manager confirmed they would be stocking back up for Black Friday and my local Walmart said they would have more units the first week in December! If you did manage to nab one, post your story in the comments below!

A Typical Mom Monday

A Typical Mom Monday

It’s Monday. That means it will be my worst day of the week. It never fails. I know most people hate Mondays, but I think Mondays hate me.

On a typical Monday morning, the kids and I all hit snooze multiple times. Any other day of the week at least one of us wakes up on time and gets everyone else up… But not on Monday! So, we all oversleep.

 

This is my legitimate alarm schedule
This is my legitimate alarm schedule

I wake up to my middle daughter telling me she has no clean underwear, my oldest daughter is wearing shorts (in 40 degree weather) and my 2-year-old has to potty RIGHT now! So, I blindly lead my toddler to the bathroom while I wipe away my eye boogies (apparently that is the official term we use in this house for those crusty morning eyes). Then, I search through clean laundry piles to find princess undies and long pants for the older two. There are at least three full baskets of clean laundry that I washed over the weekend, but never got around to putting away. Honestly, I could not care less about this laundry right now simply because it’s Monday and IDGAF.

My kids shove pop tarts in their face while I throw money in their book bags. I just don’t have the time or energy to pack their lunches. Let’s see, book bags are packed, shoes are on, kids are ready to walk out the door and… Oh, there goes the bus. I say something to the tune of, “OK kids, give me a few minutes to throw on a bra and some pants. This way I can take you to school and also look presentable enough to go through the Starbucks drive-thru.” I may not worry about much of anything today, but I still need my coffee.

 

I pull up to Starbucks like...

 

 Fast forward to the afternoon: My toddler wants jelly toast and graham crackers for lunch. No arguments from me, the girl gets what she wants. She knows it’s Monday, and we are just trying to survive. After lunch, she says, “Mommy I want to eat popcorn and go to sleep.” I then realize that I’m doing an awesome job teaching my kid how to prioritize her day.

During her nap, I don’t even pretend like I’m going to get things done. I just lay on the couch and binge watch TV until I hear her feet hit the floor. After nap, we watch The Nightmare Before Christmas TWO times in a row. It’s her favorite movie and I have probably seen the movie more times than anyone has seen any movie ever.

Next thing I know, it’s 6:45pm and I haven’t even thought about dinner. My stomach is achy because all I have eaten today was popcorn, and two coffees. Apparently, no one cares that I don’t feel well, my kids still expect to eat. I call my husband and ask him to pick up some dinner for everyone on his way home. He gives a pause, but doesn’t argue because he already knows how my Monday is going…

On Monday nights, my kids will just be getting in the bath at 8:15, even though their bedtime was at 8:00. They probably won’t end up asleep until 9PM. It’s all OK though because when we wake up in the morning it will be any day other than Monday… so tomorrow will be better.

My Child is Turning Nine…

My Child is Turning Nine…

Today, my oldest daughter, Hailey, turns 9-years-old! I remember like it was yesterday, the feeling of holding that 9lb 6oz. little human for the first time. This tiny person that my husband and I created. It was a magical moment. Now, I’m sitting here waiting for school to let out so we can celebrate another wonderful birthday for that same precious baby. I rejoice in the fact that she is a talented, smart, funny and amazing young lady. She has filled the last 9 years of our lives with so much pride and joy, but I have to admit that some part of me is a also little sad.

 

Hailey's 1st Birthday. Look at that face!
Hailey’s 1st Birthday. Look at that face!

My biggest baby girl is NINE! She and I have been through so much over the years. She was my first child and we hold that special bond. There was a lot of trial and error when it came to the early years of raising her, and I know that trial and error will continue through her teenage years and beyond. I was a 20-year-old first time mom who didn’t know what hoops this little bundle was going to throw me through. Now, I’m more seasoned, but I still don’t know what raising a girl through puberty and on will bring. With all that said, the last nine years have been full of laughter and tears, but most of all so much love!

Now here she is, 9-years-old! I think the hardest part is that it has dawned on me that nine is half of eighteen. This means that my sweet, darling, usually hard-headed, daughter is halfway to adulthood! Seriously?! Half of her childhood has already passed me by. I feel like I’ve wasted so much time with her. All the things I say we can do “later.” All the times I’ve thought something else was more important than what she wanted to do. Every “tough” day we’ve had that I just needed a breather from her.

I wish I could take all those moments back. I want to replace the “nos” with “yeses” and try to make the bad times happy and the happy times even happier.  Before I know it, she’ll be growing out of dress ups & Barbies and moving onto texting and make-up… then boys. Oh, gosh, then homecoming and prom, then off to college… *Insert my ugly cry face here* I’M NOT READY! I just don’t want the next nine years to pass me by as fast as the previous nine. From now on, I am slowing down to take in every moment I have left with this girl.

 

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Happy 9th birthday, my sweet Hailey!

Why I Don’t Enjoy Decorating for Holidays

Why I Don’t Enjoy Decorating for Holidays

 

If you are looking for holiday decorating inspiration, you are looking in the wrong place. Granted, I will post soon about my holiday decor, but before I decorate I need to bitch about having to decorate.

 

Decorating for holidays seems like so much fun! What a wonderful sight to behold! My parents didn’t do much decorating for any holiday except Christmas, and even then it was just putting up a Christmas tree and stockings. We might have also had Christmas lights every few years, if the ones my dad had put up the previous year still worked – because they were never taken down. We call those two-fers!

So as an adult, decorating for holidays seemed like a no-brainer. The first year of home-ownership was great. Stickies on the windows, garland wrapped around the banister, and candles themed to match the holiday. I also had lights strung around the porch and even wrapped around the tree in our front yard. Yet, after each holiday it was harder to be enthusiastic, because what goes up, must come down. Unlike my parents, I could not leave lights up all year round.

Let me not forget that I also always seem to get hurt in one way or another while decorating. I’ve managed to cut myself carving pumpkins, burn myself with a hot glue gun, and my favorite is when I get an allergic reaction while decorating the Christmas tree. It doesn’t matter whether it is real or fake, my hands and arms break out in some kind of rash…

 

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Holiday decorating often doesn’t end well for me.

 

With every year that passes by the eagerness of decorating for the holidays dwindles. I am 10 years into home ownership and now when I think about pulling all the big bins out of storage, taking the time to put everything up, then putting the empty bins back in storage it doesn’t sound fun. Mainly because three weeks to a month later, I have to pull the big bins back out, take down all the decorations, try to figure out how to fit all this crap back into the bins so that the lid will close, and then put those big heavy bins, back in the storage area!, while simultaneously repeating the process for the next holiday. “So just don’t decorate,” you might be thinking. Well it isn’t as simple as that.

 

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The problem about my new pessimism towards decorating for holidays is that each year my children become more and more aware of when the holidays are. In turn, they get more excited to decorate for each holiday earlier and earlier. If I was dealing with a man, this would force me to tell him that I think we are growing in different directions and we should end it now. Of course, it is ill advised to say that to small children, so I am yet again being pushed around by tiny dictators.

For example, I can no longer get away with sitting out a single, albeit large, pumpkin on the porch and saying we are decorated for fall. We must have multiple pumpkins, of multiple shades, carved into an array of small masterpieces. We must also start yet again, putting sticker decorations in the windows for each holiday, and having every inch of the house decorated for Christmas. It looks so nice when everything is up, but it feels like it’s a bunch of work for little satisfaction. That is until I see the light in those tiny human eyes of my children and it seems like maybe it is a little more exciting than my adult mind can understand. So, with all that said, I may not enjoy decorating, or un-decorating for that matter, but I will do it anyway – Super Mom style.

 

Stay tuned for posts about our holiday decorations for the rest of the year, plus Hailey’s Costume Halloween birthday party!

Do you despise decorating or do you love it? Let me know in the comments below!
Rebecca

3 Tips to Make Eating Healthy Easier

3 Tips to Make Eating Healthy Easier

You want to start eating healthy, but you don’t know how to get the ball rolling. Here are some of my super simple tips to change your eating habits without breaking the bank!

1) Keep it simple!

One of the hardest parts of getting fit is eating healthy. Why make it harder on yourself by trying a bunch of crazy recipes that you have to spend hours cooking daily?

Seriously though...
Seriously though…

Some of the most successful exercise gurus will tell you that they stick with the same meals and rotate them on a regular basis. Eggs with salsa & turkey bacon, salad with shrimp & avocado, and chicken with steamed veggies are all meals I eat quite often. I usually use the same ingredients in multiple dishes. Which leads me to my next point…

2)  Keep down the cost!

Eating healthy can be expensive. Don’t let the cost turn you away from a healthier lifestyle. For example, I like to buy one or two rotisserie chickens ($4.99 a piece @ Costco!) and use them in different dishes throughout the week. I can make chicken breast and baked sweet potatoes on Monday, these delicious Lettuce Boat Tacos on Tues, throw some chicken on a leafy green salad on Wed, etc. If your family isn’t large or you just need them to last a while, the foods I buy for cheap and in bulk can usually be frozen. The idea for me is to make things as easy and inexpensive for our family as possible.

3) Always have a replacement!

What I mean by this is when you remove a food from your diet always have a healthy option to replace it with. This way, you aren’t ever fully missing a food and you are less likely to relapse due to a craving.

As a few examples, I replaced milk with almond milk, sour cream with greek yogurt, home-style pancakes (my husband’s favorite) were replaced by some delicious banana pancakes and I even make my own coffee creamer. That way, even if we’re craving something “bad,” I have a fall back.

AND I know the title only said THREE, but I’ll throw in a fourth tip for free 😉

4) Don’t stress yourself out!

In today’s world of Pinterest perfect and those online know-it-alls, it can be hard to try to measure up to your (or other’s) expectations. Stress will hurt you in the long run. Unless you are doing something on a time limit, like the 21 Day Fix,  you don’t have to eat perfect ALL the time. Every once in awhile, have that dessert to celebrate a birthday or drink that sugary cocktail and enjoy being out with friends. It’s all about moderation. Just don’t over do it.

These are some of the tips that work best for me… If you have any questions or other tips you would like to add, please leave it in the comments below!  

~Rebecca

Lettuce Boat Taco Recipe

Lettuce Boat Taco Recipe

I love tacos! They are the perfect blend of flavors and you can mix and match toppings to suit your tastes. Everyone in the house is happy and we rarely have left overs on taco night.

Of course, now that I am eating “clean”, I have to think twice about all my meals, including tacos. I use the term loosely because everyone has a different definition of what that means. To me, eating clean means cutting out the following: added sugar, added salt, preservatives, white bread (which I haven’t eaten since I was 11 anyway), and most dairy. Therefore, I do as much cooking from scratch as I can. However, I’m not going to sit here and calculate macros and count carbs all day. I know what foods are healthy and what foods aren’t and go from there.

 

 

Cooking some ground turkey, I LOVE my cast iron skillets.
Cooking some ground turkey, I LOVE my cast iron skillets!

 

Clearly, I have to reconsider eating tacos with the salty taco seasoning, the carb filled shells, the sour cream, the cheese… oh how I love cheese! Taco salad is always an option, but when I’m on a diet I get so tired of anything with the word “salad” in it!
Luckily, I have a fabulous clean way to eat tacos that doesn’t include the bad stuff, and still tastes delicious. All it takes is a few variations on the usual taco recipe.

 

 

Hearts of Romain
Hearts of Romain

 

 

To make clean-eating tacos, follow these easy substitutions:

 

  • Use high quality ground beef, ground turkey or (my favorite) – pulled chicken, instead of low-grade ground beef

  • Use a salt-free Taco Seasoning. Home-made is the best choice ~ Here is my taco-seasoning recipe

  • Use Romaine lettuce leaves as taco shells. They have a nice boat shape, are very healthy, and have 0 carbs. They also have the crunchy texture

  • Use a salsa that has all natural ingredients. I love this organic Costco brand salsa

  • Ditch the sour cream and substitute Plain Greek Yogurt instead. Seriously! When all these flavors are mixed together, you can NOT tell the difference

  • Use a sprinkle of taco cheese blend. I know I need a little bit!

  • Add any other clean toppings you want!

    And there you have it! If you have any other healthy taco suggestions, leave them in the comments below!

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Taco Seasoning Recipe

Taco Seasoning Recipe

One night I was making tacos and realized that I had forgotten to buy taco seasoning. I had already started preparing the meal, so I had to improvised! Honestly, I had never really thought about what was in taco seasoning, just that it was delicious! Honestly, have you ever considered what is in those tiny packets of taco seasoning? As it turns out, it is so much healthier (and cheaper) to make your own!

Although, this is my go to blend of flavoring for taco meat whether I am trying to eat healthy or not! It’s flavorful, delicious and inexpensive compared to what you pay for a packet of the name brand stuff. Here is my recipe for salt-free taco seasoning. Obviously, if you want salt you can add it (I would say about 1 teaspoon).

 

Salt- Free Taco Seasoning:

• 3 T chili powder (check the label to make sure the spice is salt-free)
• 1 1/4 T cumin
• 2 t pepper
• 1 t garlic powder
• 1 t onion powder
• 1 t red pepper flakes
• 1 t dried oregano
• 1 t paprika
• ½ t thyme

 

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OK. Now, here’s the hard part… Mix them all up, then put the mixture in a container. Seriously, it’s that easy! You now have your own homemade taco seasoning for cooking. I use these awesome spice jars for storing my seasonings!

That’s it! You’re done. Use about 2 Tbs for every pound of meat or adjust for your taste.

Now go make some delicious tacos and enjoy!

If you are looking for a healthy taco recipe, or if you just want an alternative to traditional tacos – check out my post on how to make lettuce boat tacos!

 

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Worst Tooth Fairy Ever!

Worst Tooth Fairy Ever!

So, I don’t know about the Tooth Fairy in your neighborhood, but ours sucks! She is forgetful, she is usually cheap, and she is not very stealthy. Like most relationships it started off well, and then slowly went downhill…

Our first encounter with the Tooth Fairy was about 3 years ago when Hailey was 5. She had just lost her first tooth, and then she legitimately lost her tooth! We couldn’t find it anywhere! So, she left a note for the Tooth Fairy under her pillow requesting Jelly Beans instead of money.

"Tooth Fairy I lost my tooth. Can I still have jellybeans?"
“Tooth Fairy I lost my tooth. Can I still have jellybeans?”

The Tooth Fairy was very excited to visit our house for the first time. She made sure jellybeans were gently placed under Hailey’s pillow and she sneaked in and out of the room undetected. We were all very impressed with her skills!

But things started to go down hill by the time she lost her 4th tooth. Hailey woke up to find a various amount of nickels and dimes in a Ziplock baggie under her pillow. She counted it up to be $1.35. The Tooth Fairy seemed ill prepared for the job.

Fast Forward to when Olivia lost her first tooth. Again, the Tooth Fairy was very excited to visit a child for the first time and she was seasoned now, no longer a rookie! But before she could start collecting teeth, Mrs. Fairy had to tuck in 2 kids and nurse an infant to sleep… and ended up falling asleep herself. The next morning we awoke to a very disappointed 5 yr. old who informed me that the Tooth Fairy never came. I cursed that stupid fairy up and down and then I did what all parents do in that situation. I lied to my child. “Oh no! I bet she is just running late. I heard a lot of kids lost teeth yesterday!” While Olivia went to brush the teeth that were still left in her mouth, the Tooth Fairy quickly scribbled a note, apologizing for being late, and left $1 under her pillow. I told Olivia to check one more time before leaving for school and she was delighted to find the treasure. Crisis averted… this time.

When Olivia lost her next tooth a couple weeks later, again she was excited for the Tooth Fairy to come. And again that bitch ass Tooth Fairy fell asleep early and forgot poor Olivia. I woke up so livid! I had a headache and I think it’s because I mentally punched the Tooth Fairy in the face. Olivia was so sad again! We told her the fairy was probably busy and we heard there were some shake-ups going on over at Fairy Headquarters. The next night the Tooth Fairy arrived and left money… but forgot to take the tooth. Olivia didn’t understand why she would forget the tooth and my husband explained that she was probably teaching some new fairies the ropes, “Those darn trainees!”

I honestly can’t remember the next couple mess ups that the Tooth Fairy made, but I was definitely caught once looking under Hailey’s pillow in the middle of the night and I had to explain to her that I was “just checking to make sure the Tooth Fairy actually showed up this time.”

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Our most recent encounter with the Tooth Fairy was a few weeks ago. It had been a couple months since our big move to another state and Olivia had been wiggling this tooth since we were in our old house. It finally came out and she hurried to put it under her pillow. I professed to my husband how the Tooth Fairy really needs to step her game up and NOT forget because I think it’s the last tooth she will lose for a while. I swore, Tooth Fairy won’t forget tonight… I mean it… NOT TONIGHT!

Guess what? The Tooth Fairy forgot. Mother F@$&%#! Seriously?! Yet again, I had the most disappointed child. We convinced her that the Tooth Fairy must not have realized we moved. We were sure that she would show up that night once she realized her mistake.

So, that night after all the kids were tucked in, I sat down with Chris to watch some TV. Hours later we headed up to bed. I got comfortable under the covers and laid down my head on the pillow. Soooo comfortable. My eyes slowly closed and…

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Can you tell this was hastily scribbled at 1:30am?!

F&$%! The damn Tooth Fairy didn’t come. That bitch ruins everything! OK. *Shakes husband awake* “Do you have any cash?” He grunts a reply that I take as a yes. I rifle through his wallet and see the options. $1, $5, or $20? I feel guilty for all the times Mrs. Fairy has royally ruined the fun of being a kid, but I didn’t feel $20 guilty. So, I settled on giving her a $5 bill… something Mr. Fairy gave me grief about for days to come; he’s old school and thinks $1 is pushing it. I informed him that if he wants to take over the Fairy business, he is more than welcome! Olivia ended up happy the next morning and that’s all that matters…

We’re hoping that our fairy can get her life together before she has to come back again because she is running out of excuses… Share your Tooth Fairy stories in the comments below!

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