Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Perfect Salmon in 2 Steps

We love to incorporate healthy fish into our diets at least once a week. The Mayo Clinic states, "The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon help keep your heart healthy by protecting the health of your blood vessels, lowering your risk of dying of heart disease." I'm all for a meal to keep my heart healthy. With our busy schedules making a fish dinner had the illusion of taking to much time. I was determined to continue to eat healthy and finally have cooking Salmon down to a science that fits our schedule. In this recipe I use McCormick garlic and Herb Salt Free Perfect Pinch seasoning, but you could use any other seasoning your family prefers. It can be as simple as salt and pepper or a squirt of lemon. Whatever seasoning you decide this dinner will be absolutely delicious!

Fresh Salmon (preferably not frozen)
Preferred Seasoning (salt and pepper, garlic and herb, lemon pepper)
Olive oil


  • Heat 2 TBSP of olive oil in a paper on medium high heat. 
  • While oil is heating season your salmon.
  • Place salmon on pan cook for 2-3 minutes
  • Flip salmon over cook for another 2-3 minutes
  • Salmon will be done when it flakes easily off your fork
  • Eat and enjoy!

*This post contains affiliate links

Friday, September 23, 2016

Deals on NFL Gear

If you are anything like our family, you need to have your NFL gear. I am a mom of 3 boys and have a husband who absolutely loves football. I can't lie, I'm also a huge fan and yes I play fantasy football and I bought maternity NFL clothes as well. Needless to say shopping for our Broncos (or whatever team you cheer for) gear can get expensive for 5 fans. Here are some tips to save some money while shopping for your football fans, some tips include affiliate links... and I know we need to update the boys jerseys!

1.  Sign up at NFL Shop: Enter your email address and get a 10% off coupon. You will also get receive special discounts, promotions and new product alerts.

2. Search for NFL Shop deals and coupons at Retail Me Not.

3.  Find Sales on Amazon: like this NFL Denver Broncos Deluxe Youth Uniform Set or search for your favorite team. Was $59.99 NOW $33.33... now thats a deal!

4.  Check out Kohls. They currently have sales on certain team gear. *Before checking our search RetailMeNot for coupons to make these sales sweeter.

5.  JCPenny also has an NFL section on their website. *JCPenny always has coupons available, check RetailMeNot. 

6.  Check out the deals at Fanatics Outlet. They have some great prices right now.

Monday, September 19, 2016

A Beginners Guide To Generating Blog Income

Are you new to blogging and looking to generate income from your blog? I've been blogging for 7 years and here is a list of tips on how I started monetizing my blog in the beginning. My first son was born 7 years ago and at that time I was finishing up my college degree. Since I was in school and not working full-time and new that I needed to start making some money on the side, especially if I wanted to pay off student loans. I had a passion for living frugally, couponing and DIY projects and decided to start my blog to share my awesome tips. I have added some affiliate links to this post... you will see why in my last tip.

*If you're just starting out with blogging and still need a blog host you can get an amazing deal using Bluehost. Signing up with Bluehost you will; Get a FREE domain name for a year, FREE site builders, 1-Click Wordpress Install and 24/7 Support… all for just $3.45/Month. You won’t find another deal quite like this.
Once you start monetizing your blog, this will easily pay for itself.

How I started to Generate My Blog Income

1.  Adsense = $69.71
The absolute first and easiest step I took was to add Adsense ads to my blog. Most people think that as soon as they set up ads on their sites they will start to generate a ton of money. Sorry to let you down, but this is not the case. Adsense ads will trickle in maybe a few cents when you first get started. The key to increasing the amount you earn from ads is to increase your traffic.

2. Blogsvertise =$1065
Once my traffic started to increase and I had a lot of great content up on my blog I joined Blogsvertise. I was able to write sponsored blog posts and got paid to post them to my blog.  I also had the option to post pay per action posts to earn a certain amount every time someone clicked on that post.

3. Money Back Apps =$62.95
*I not only earned money from using these apps myself but also from referrals from my blog.
Ibotta: $60.45 earned simply by taking a picture of my grocery receipt. Use my unique link and get $10 FREE after joining and redeeming your first rebate.

MobiSave: $2.50 Just like Ibotta I earn money from snapping a picture of my receipt. The earnings from this app aren’t as high, but what I love is that the money is deposited directly into your PayPal account the same day. 

Receipt Hog: 709 Coins This app is another receipt scanning app which counts your money as coins.  Once you reach 1,000 coins you earn $5 to send to your Paypal or Amazon account. The more receipts you scan the more coins you get.

4. Tomoson = Multiple Free Products
Another route I took to start getting paid from my blog was to write product reviews. Thanks to Tomoson I was able to connect with some wonderful companies to review some great new products. I'm also working on paid posts this month. Check out one of my reviews here.

5. Affiliate Marketing = 0

I have recently started a new venture into affiliate marketing. I will report back after my first couple months to give a complete review. I singed up with

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Easy Oven Roasted Asparagus

Oven Roasted Asparagus

This is a ridiculously easy and absolutely delicious side dish. There is very little prep and won’t hurt the budget. What a great way to add some green into your meals.


1 Bunch
1 tsp
½ tsp
Olive Oil


Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F. Was 1 bunch of asparagus and remove woody ends (grab asparagus at either end and bend until woody end snaps off). Line baking pan with aluminum foil. Place asparagus on pan and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss with your hands. Arrange asparagus in a single layer on the pan. Bake in pre-heated oven for 15 minutes or until just tender.

What's your favorite green side dish?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The 10 Best Science Experiments for Young Kids

Science has always been my all time favorite subject, so much so that I studied both biology and chemistry in college and currently work in a laboratory. I really enjoy passing along my passion for science to my kids. There are many benefits of learning science at a young age. Kids will be able to utilize all of their senses to research and investigate. Science encourages kids to ask questions, problem solve and develop patience. Here is a list a my favorite science experiments for kids. I believe that every child should try each experiment at least once. Make sure to bookmark this page so you can come back and try every experiment. All of these experiments can be done at home with supplies that you probably already have on hand. Most importantly make sure the kids are having fun!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Baby Registry Freebie - Full Size Samples

Awesome Freebie Alert. Are you an Amazon Prime member? If so you can get a Free Welcome Box ($35 Value) when you sign up for a new Amazon Baby Registry. Not an Amazon Prime member yet, Sign Up Now For Free A Free 30 Day Trial and claim your freebie during this time! The welcome box includes full-sized products and samples. I signed up for this last year when I was expecting and it was the best baby registry box I received!

Here is what is included (some boxes may vary slightly)
Full-Size Pack of Sensitive Baby Wipes
MAM Pacifier
Avent Baby Bottle
Enfamil Formula Sample Packets
Happy Baby Baby Food Pouch
Avent Nursing Pads
Burt’s Bees Tear Free Shampoo & Wash
Babyganics Lotion

Follow These Steps To Claim Your Freebie:
Click on the “Get Started” Link and sign in

You will see “Your Free Welcome Box” on the left hand side of your screen, and a list of steps required to receive the free box. You will need to add items in each category to your baby registry. Once you have completed all of the steps you will see a “Claim Here” link under your Free Welcome Box link on the left hand side of the screen. Click to claim your free box and check out as normal. This box will show up as $0 at check out. Enjoy your new products!

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Best 2 Ingredient BBQ Pulled Chicken

BBQ Pulled Chicken
I absolutely love this BBQ pulled chicken recipe. My husband and I have opposite schedules, he works during the day and I work mostly during the evenings.  Add in three kids and after school activities and you can imagine how crazy dinner time can be. This recipe is an absolute life saver.  It is extremely easy and tastes so good even the kids finish their plates. All you need to make this simple dinner is a boneless skinless chicken breasts and a bottle of you families favorite bbq sauce.  No kidding... this recipe literally has 2 ingredients. You will need a crock pot to make the magic happen.  If you don't already have a crock pot head over and snag the Crock Pot Cook'N Carry 6-Quart Oval Manual Portable Slow Cooker Stainless Steel,  for half off! 


1-2 lbs
Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
2 C
Your Favorite Barbecue Sauce


Place your chicken breasts in the crock pot. Pour the barbecue sauce over the chicken making sure to cover all of the chicken breasts. Cook on high 4-5 hours. Check after 2 hours for doneness (no pink). Once chicken is cooked through take 2 forks and shred the chicken. No water required.

*Serve on a bun with a side of coleslaw 
* Serve along with a starch (rice, potato or fries (sweet potato or regular))
* Serve along with a vegetable (what works best for your family)
*Make this a freezer meal by placing chicken breasts and BBQ sauce into a labeled (contents and date) zip-loc freezer bag and freeze. When you are ready to cook, thaw in refrigerator for a couple hours (pull out in the morning) and place in crock pot a couple hours before meal time.