Home Management 101

Home Management Tips for Busy Moms

I Feel Defeated

I know I’m not alone when I say managing a household can be overwhelming.  Most days I wake up and feel determined to tackle all of my cleaning, meal prepping, and organization within the same day.  Other days I don’t want to do anything.  I end up over working myself and by the next day my toddler has already trashed the house.  It can feel so discouraging to work yourself so hard only for the house to be a mess again quickly or for your projects to not be completed right away.  It’s fine to do things little by little each day.  Find a routine that works best for you.  Here are a few of my own tips through trial and error that will help completely change your view of home management.

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Create a Schedule

Monday morning I woke up determined to tackle each room in the house, grocery shop, and meal prep.  I ended up feeling really disappointed in myself because while managing a raging toddler that day, I didn’t get much completed.  Life happens and things do get in the way.  I wondered if creating an undemanding schedule was even possible.  I toyed with the idea of breaking up my tasks throughout the week would even help.  At first glance I felt like I might be even more overwhelmed.  I prefer to complete projects and tasks straight away so that I have more time for other activities.  I decided to give it a try.

 

Creating a schedule was the best thing I ever could have done for my household.  Although its not perfect, my week runs a lot smoother and I am not so swamped.  I recently purchased this amazing bullet journal from Amazon to keep track of my scattered thoughts and to-do’s!

To get some extra help,I started assigning small chores to my toddler.  She was actually extremely excited for this!  It makes her feel important and grown up.  She picks up toys, folds little blankets, and even gets to sweep bathroom floors with her little broom set.  I hope her enthusiasm with chores carries into her teenage years!

A Glance At My Week

Are you ready?  Here is the gist of my weekly schedule.  I’m off work on Mondays so this is the one day I’ll run all my errands and I’ll schedule any appointments for this day.  Tuesdays I devote a little time before work and some time after work to cleaning the kitchen.  This includes dishes, wiping down counter tops, and cleaning out the fridge.  It seems like a lot but once you have a system in place it gets easier each week! I ask my family to rinse off their plate after meals.  This helps make loading the dishwasher quick especially on my catch up days.  On Wednesday I spend time wiping down and disinfecting the bathrooms, tidying up bedrooms and organizing the living room.  Thursdays are laundry days.  On Friday I plan out meals, create a list and then grocery shop in the late evening.  It’s so peaceful and you miss the crowd.  Saturdays are catch up days which means I do left over tasks I didn’t have enough time for during the week.  I’ll do extra loads of laundry or give my kitchen more TLC.  Sundays are typically for rest but as a mom that isn’t always the case.  Make sure you do designate a day or even a couple of hours for yourself to rest!

It’s Just Not Working?

Adjust your schedule as often as you need to.  If you know you won’t have enough time in the day to get something done, don’t sweat it!  I realized that in reality we will never be done managing our homes.  It’s on going so don’t beat yourself up for not finishing tasks and if you’re having a rough day and need some “me” time, take it!

Conquering It All: Helpful Tools

If only there were apps to help keep our lives in order.  Oh wait, there is!  I recently discovered Timeline Task To Do List and after checking its rating and reviews, I downloaded it immediately!  Other than writing out a schedule for the week you can use this amazing app to organize to-do’s such as chores and paying bills.  The app allows you to schedule specific tasks for certain days.  The utility bill is due on the 12th and so I set a reminder for myself to pay it a few days earlier (personal preference).  It’s even great to set reminders to return a Red Box dvd or if you’re on a free trial for a product and want to cancel before it auto bills.  Timeline Task To Do List is a lifesaver.

 

 

Plan to Eat completely takes care of everything when it comes to planning meals!  This amazing app stores your favorite recipes and gives you the option to import recipes from places like Pinterest!  To plan a meal all you have to do is drag and drop recipes from your imported list and it automatically creates a grocery list for you.  This is a huge win for me because I’m the mom who shows up to the grocery store realizing she left her list at home.  Or if I do have my list there are always items I forgot to write down.  I also really love that the app gives you step by step instructions for cooking your favorite meals.  No more needing to google search or launch other apps to look up directions for a recipe!  Overall this app is extremely easy to use and for $40 a year ($3.33 per month) a great investment for busy moms.

Try adding my easy BBQ Chicken, Veggies, and Rice into your dinner plans!

 

 

Lastly HomeBudget is the most user friendly app for budgeting your money.  It’s extremely organized and puts your expenses into categories (recurring billings, one time purchases, income, etc).  This way you have a clear overview of your monthly expenses and how much income you have coming in.  This app also has a feature for scheduling reminders to pay bills and you can upload copies of receipts for future reference.

I hope these tips are helpful to you all in managing your homes in the least stressful way possible!

 

 

 


Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread

The Best Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Over Memorial Day weekend I decided to tackle a gardening project last minute.  I DO NOT have a green thumb whatsoever, so I didn’t expect much.  Well about a month later as I was watering the garden I noticed four giant zucchini were ready.. with a few more flowering.  This past month I’ve been on the hunt to find all the best zucchini recipes, but they have to be toddler approved!  I came across chocolate zucchini bread.  It’s a simple recipe that is easy to make, and you can even bake them in little muffin tins instead of a loaf.  What I like about this recipe is it uses whole wheat flour, unsweetened almond milk, ripe bananas, and of course chocolate chips!

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Ingredients

    • 1 1/4 whole wheat flour
    • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
    • 1/3 cup honey or agave
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1 egg
    • 1 cup shredded zucchini
    • 1 mashed ripe banana
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
    • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

 

 

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray nonstick cooking spray on the bottom and all around the sides of your loaf pan (or muffin liners if you are going that route).
  • Shred your zucchini and squeeze out excess water with a towel or paper towel.
  • In a medium bowl whisk whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda.
  • In a larger bowl add melted coconut oil, egg, honey, vanilla, almond milk and whisk until well combined.  Fold in zucchini, mashed banana, and chocolate chips.
  • Slowly combine dry ingredients into the wet bowl.
  • Spread into greased bread pan or muffin liners.
  • Bake 40-50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

 

 

 

Tips

  • When baking try using mashed banana or applesauce in place of oils.
  • Honey isn’t a refined sugar and keeps the bread nice and soft.  Agave nectar and coconut sugar are another great substitute.
  • Shredded zucchini gets veggies into your little ones without them realizing it.  It also helps keep the bread moist.
  • Replace white flour with whole wheat in order to add up to 10g heart healthy fiber.

 

 

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Back to School Outfit Ideas

Affordable and Cute Back to School Ideas

School is quickly approaching!  For some, it may have already started.  Either way, I compiled some cute outfits for your little girls I found from Gymboree that won’t break the bank!  Some of these deals are time sensitive expiring September 1st, so get shopping!

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 Adorable dress & headbandLeggings, long sleeve shirt & top knot

Outfit #1 grand total: $19.47, reg. $39             Outfit #2 grand total: $28.20, reg. $47

I’m all about those top knot headbands this year!  I already ordered three of them for my daughter.  They quickly dress up an outfit and make it look effortless.  Wear it with hair either up or down, and you’ve got a really cute hairstyle.

 

 

 

Black boots are a staple your little one needs for fall and winter!  My daughter wore hers all fall and winter last year.  Brown boots are also cute and go with a lot of different outfits.

 

Outfit #3 total $34.50 regularly $57.50      Outfit #4 total $37.95, reg. $84.90

Outfit #5 total $22.96, reg. $57.90

Ok.. I might need that donut tee for myself!

What I really like about the selection is that each piece is so versatile and neutral.  You can really mix and match any of the outfits with other pieces of clothing your daughter has.  Neutral and versatile pieces of clothing are my favorite.  They go a long way and you can play around with so many different styles.  Looking for more back to school savings and tips?  Check out my recent post here, you won’t be sorry 🙂

 

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The Busy Mom’s Guide to Staying Healthy & Fit

8 Different Ways to Stay Healthy & Fit as a Busy Mom

A gym membership isn’t always needed in order to keep a healthy lifestyle.  Many people exercise without using special gym equipment as well.  There are so many different exercises you can do from home and even outside!  Personally, I love my Beachbody on Demand because it allows me to stream work outs right from home and the variety is amazing.  You can also scour Youtube for fitness routines.  Some of my favorites are from Pop Sugar and Tone It Up!

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Tip #1:  Schedule Workouts

Remember, even though you’re a mother you deserve this time for yourself.  Health is so important.  It’s so easy to put our health to the side because we are busy taking care of others.  In the end, you cannot pour from an empty cup and living an active lifestyle will help you have more energy to spare.

Life does get in the way.  Kids get sick, you get sick, something is always bound to happen.  If your work out gets interrupted, try jumping back into it 10 minutes later.  This isn’t simple for everyone (full time working mom, here!).  What I do is either wake up early before work or save it for the evening.  It’s also fun to get a brisk walk in during my lunch break.  Don’t give up!

#2  Include your Kids

Invite your children to join in!  Going for walks to the park or around the neighborhood is such a fun activity.  I have great memories of this growing up, especially when my mom let us ride our bikes instead of walking!

Right now I’m completing Beachbody’s 80 Day Obsession program at home and my 3 year old daughter loves copying the moves.  She will even be my little assistant and hand me resistance loops and sliders when needed!  I can tell it makes her feel important and on the days I’m less motivated she will remind me, “Mommy, work out time?!”  Use your kids to motivate you.

Another fun activity you can include your kids in is hiking!  This summer my little family has gone on a 1-3 mile hike almost every saturday morning.  Not sure where to start?  Check out my blog post How to Hike With a Toddler for important tips and ideas!

#3 Water

Drinking water throughout the day will keep you hydrated and energized.  Your body and skin will be thanking you!  To get myself excited about drinking lots of water I went to Starbucks and bought the cutest tumbler.  Pretty things make me happy.  It’s fun and exciting to add lemon, lime, mint or even berries to your daily water.  Try it next time!  It’s so fun to mix it up.

#4 Don’t Overwhelm Yourself

Take small steps in the right direction.  By easing into meal prep and exercise slowly, you are giving your body and mind a chance to adapt.  You will be an expert before you know it!  Start off by adding a fruit or veggie to each of your meals and then gradually add more over time.  This also works for exercise.  For example, if you can only walk a mile this week, shoot for 1.5 miles the following week.

#5 Sleep

By making sure you get enough sleep you are giving your body more energy for the next day.  Shoot for at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night.  Our muscles work hard to repair themselves while we are sleeping.  You will soon notice energy levels increase as well as your mood!

#6 Music

Does anyone else get pumped when their favorite song comes on?  I know I do!  I push harder during a work out when the music I love is playing.  With my at home work outs I stream music from Amazon Alexa or Spotify.  I also have the Spotify app on my phone for walks!

#7 Meal Prep

Meal prepping is essential to staying on track.  It can also be really time consuming and stressful if you’re over thinking it.  Start out prepping for one meal per day for the week.  Week one you can try prepping overnight oats for breakfasts monday through friday.  Once you’ve mastered one meal, shoot for two meals the following week.  Don’t overwhelm yourself with complicated meal plans.  Strive for easy, simple foods like lean meats, whole grains, and produce.

Check out my Easy BBQ Chicken & Veggies with Rice!  This is a simple dish you can easily prep for the week ahead.

#8 Rewards

Setting goals is a great way to keep yourself motivated throughout the week.  Try not to bribe yourself with a giant case of ice cream for the end of the week.  Set goals and reward yourself with new work out shorts, a pair of fun socks, a bathing suit, or even a lazy movie night.

I hope this guide is helpful!  How do you stay healthy and fit as a busy mom?

 

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How to Deal with Tantrums

Diffusing Toddler Tantrums

We’ve all been there.  You are out in public and your “threenager” sees a colorful package of candy and literally loses their mind.  As they are scrambling to get out of the cart to snatch the candy, your heart races.  You tell them “not today, sweetie” and the meltdown begins.  Shoppers are giving looks of disgust while others dart their eyes away because they feel your struggle.

I feel so much anxiety shopping with my young daughter.  She’s three years old and has a severe speech delay.  Speech delay or not, tantrums in public are stressful.  My toddler has made great strides with her communication, however when she doesn’t get her way she suddenly forgets all the new skills she’s learned.  I’ve experienced the horror of her kicking and screaming in public.  One time her blood curdling scream set off the theft alarm at Sam’s Club.  Yikes!  Still afraid to go back there!

These experiences always have me wondering…Am I doing something wrong?  Could I be doing something better?  

Don’t beat yourself up over tantrums.  My own mom reminded me that tantrums are normal, and there was even a time or two (maybe more) where I embarrassed her in public.

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So what can we do?

It all comes down to how you respond to your child’s tantrum.  Are you getting angry?  Are you trying to understand?  Are you simply walking out of public places to avoid others staring at you?  I know I’ve walked out of grocery stores and other public places because I just didn’t have the energy to deal with it.  But this is a learning process for you and your child.

Taking a Mom Moment & Making Eye Contact

Do not pay attention to the people around you while a meltdown is ensuing.  My daughter and I fly frequently from Salt Lake City to Seattle to visit family.  She’s always very well behaved on the airplane.  However during one flight her ears started bothering her and she lost it for about 20 minutes.  Those 20 minutes felt like 20 hours.  I did my best to console her, gave her gummy snacks and did everything I possibly could to get her ears to pop.  I was so embarrassed when I looked up and saw other passengers giving me annoyed looks.  I told myself, “This is the last time I’m flying!”.  I was horrified.  

As I’ve scoured the internet looking for tips I came cross a few resources to help diffuse meltdowns.  First, taking a moment to stay calm and then proceed to address the situation, and second, engaging in eye contact with your child.  In another scenario (you’re probably thinking wow, this lady’s child throws a lot of fits!) I tried taking a moment to myself to get grounded, then proceed to ask my daughter to “look at me”.  She could feel my calm demeanor and made eye contact with me immediately.  If only I had tried to use this method during our horrific flight, maybe I would have been able to better console her and get her on board with finding solutions to pop her ears.  Children are so connected to our feelings and emotions.  They pick up on things right away.  Going into a tantrum highly anxious or angry projects the same feelings onto them, making it more difficult to concentrate on what you’re telling them.

Using Distractions to Your Advantage

Find a way to calmly talk to your toddler about why the tantrum is happening.  Distract them.  Last week, my daughter threw a fit because I wouldn’t let her run up and down the grocery aisle.  The store was busy.  I picked her up and brought her to the corner of the store and explained I didn’t want her to get lost and in order to stay safe, she needed to ride in the cart.  I reminded her of the other plans we had that day, and we didn’t want this meltdown to end our fun.  Take a moment to bring your child to a secluded place, even using your back to block out others, use eye contact and calming explain your reasoning.  Be sure to back up why they need to stop and what they may lose if they don’t.  (Losing TV or play time!)

Mostly Importantly: Do Not Use Bribes

Bribes are temporary solutions.  I know I’m guilty of this.  Sometimes you just need some peace.  I’ve given my daughter a treat in order to get her to behave during our errands.  This can lead them to believe that if they throw a fit they are going to be rewarded for it.  It will become a cycle and your toddler will start expecting treats for basic behavior.  Stay away from this type of bribing!

Remember you are doing an amazing job as a mom!  Tantrums are tough but they are normal!

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Ultimate Back to School Guide

Back to School Guide

Welcome to your Ultimate Back to School Guide!   I know, right?!  Didn’t school just let out for summer?  It feels as if we are just starting to get into a nice summer routine here.  My daughter goes back to school at the end of August, so it is time to start preparing!  Let me know what your family does to get ready for back to school.

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Set a Budget & Clean Out Closets

First things first.  School supplies and clothes can get expensive real fast.  To start, write down your budget for each child.  This will help you stay within your means.  I use a monthly budget planner in order to organize my month.  Something else you can do to get prepared is help your child go through their closet and make a pile of clothing that is too small. Go through last years backpack and take inventory of unused supplies or supplies that are still usable.  That way you know what your child will absolutely need to start off the school year.

Watch for Sales & Shop Clearance

You’re not required to go out and buy everything all at once.  Unless.. you are procrastinating.. but let’s spread this all out 🙂 It will help you stay within the budget you’ve set and you’ll have more time to compare prices and deals.  Check out the Target or Walmart clearance racks.  TJ Maxx and Ross have great finds as well!  You are most likely to find spring/summer clothing on the clearance rack and that is OK!  Summer weather lasts the first month or so of school.  You can also help your child get creative by layering these items throughout the winter! You all know I’m an Amazon lover.  So besides Priming items to your home here are a few other things you MUST try:

  • Download Target’s Cartwheel App- You will find discounts and savings from food, to clothing, and even school supplies!  I use this app every single time I shop at Target.  The savings really add up & you can use the app in conjunction with manufacturer coupons.  Cha-ching!

 

  • EBATES-  Online school shopping this year?  No problem!  This is a huge time saver and still allows you to save money.  Log into your Ebates app or access it from your browser, click on the store you want to shop and it will automatically track your purchase.  You then get rewarded with cash back savings you can redeem later for giftcards and more!  When I’m shopping online this is the very first thing I do.  Join here.  When you sign up and refer friends you will earn $25!

 

  • ThredUp-  The largest online consignment store and thrift shop.  You won’t find junk here!  Most of the items are name brand and discounted at an amazing rate!  I’ve bought Banana Republic tops for about $6.  ThredUp has a kids section with skirts, jeans, and tops ranging in price from $3-$8.  Steal!  Another benefit of ThredUp is they will pay you for your used clothes.  Must be in good condition.  They especially like it if the tags are still on.  I know I’ve bought things for my daughter and she’s grown out of the size before she can even wear it.  Once your child cleans out their closet, send those items over to ThredUp!  Join here & invite your friends!  You both will get $10.

 

Hungry for more Savings?  Try the Dollar Tree!

When we hear “the dollar store” we imagine cheap or poor quality.  At least I used to!  However, this isn’t always the case!  I’ve found Dollar Tree to sell items like Dawn dish soap and even Disney items!  These items are mostly from other stores being overstocked and needed to sell. I decided to set out to my own Dollar Tree to see what items they had for back to school.  This is what I found:  EVERYTHING!  There were more aisles filled with supplies, these were the only shots I could manage to get while shopping with my toddler 🙂

Dollar Tree has an amazing amount of high quality school supplies for $1.  I was able to score a 64 pack of crayons, notebook, and pencils for $1 each.  My preschool aged daughter doesn’t need much for back to school, but I was surprised to find that Dollar Tree also has supplies such as calculators, binders, dividers, scissors, glue, etc.. they had it all!  I learned you can also buy their items online!  This might come in handy if school starts soon- beat the line!  Or even if you have multiple children you need to buy for.  The only requirement is you have to buy a minimum of 4 units.  For example, you have to buy 4 packs of crayons in order to take advantage of online ordering.  Once you proceed to check out you are given the option of free in store pick up or UPS shipping for a fee.

 

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5 Unusual Ways to Pay Off Your Student Loan

Creative Ways To Pay Off Student Loan Debt

Student loan debt, mortgage, credit card debt.. it all adds up!  In this day and age graduates all over the United States have some form of college debt.  With interest rates and minimum payments as high as they are, a lot of people get discouraged and feel beat down.  I decided to do some research to find unusual ways others have paid off their student loan debt.  Here are the top 5 ideas you won’t want to miss out on!

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#1 Givling App

Recently as I’ve searched the web I came across Givling, an app that will actually help you pay off debt!

 

How it works is you get paired with two other teammates and everyone answers trivia questions.  If you answer a question correctly your team earns points.  Everyone gets 2 free plays a day.  You can also purchase extra plays for as little as .22.  You also earn points by watching ads and inviting your friends to play trivia on the app!  So far Givling has paid off student loan debt for 20 people, up to $50,000 EACH.  What other apps do that?!

Givling is absolutely worth checking out.  And while you’re at it, here’s my invite code which will help you earn extra points: BT494972

And as always let me know how you like the app!

#2 Refinancing

SoFi has amazing rates and can save you thousands when you refinance your student loan.  There aren’t any catches, which means no hidden fees or surprises and they make it easy to apply.  Credit scores of 650 or higher can be approved for refinancing.  They offer low and fixed variable rates.  In the end, you could save some serious money with SoFi’s lower interest rates!

 #3 Get a Side Hustle

You can create a side hustle out of almost any hobby your have!  Dog walking, freelance writing, editing, etc.  Some great websites to check out for freelancing opportunities are Upwork and Fiverr.  Pick up extra hours at a temp job, babysit, pet sit, sell items on Etsy, etc.  Use your weekends to your advantage!

 

#4 ChangeEd

Another app for the win!  ChangeEd makes it easy for you to put aside extra money towards your debt.  First they analyze your spending.  If you go buy a cup of coffee for $2.45 and they send .55 to your FDIC Insured ChangeEd account.  Once that account reaches $100 they send it off to your lender as a loan payment.  This is a really great way to pay down your loan!

 

 

#5 Loan Forgiveness

  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness
    • This is available to government and non-profit employees with federal student loans.  Borrowers who are eligible may have their remaining student loan balance forgiven after making at least 120 on-time payments.  Eligible employers are any type of government organization, non profits, AmeriCorps or Peace Corps, other types of organizations that are not 501 tax exempt.  You must also be working full time with your eligible employer.  Interested in this program?  Reach out to your loan servicer to confirm you qualify.
  • Teacher Loan Forgiveness
    • Teachers who are employed full time in lower-income public schools can be eligible for forgiveness after they work for five consecutive years.  To obtain this type of forgiveness you will need to make sure your school is eligible.  The amount you’ll be forgiven depends on the subjects and grade levels you teach.  Fill out Teacher Loan Forgiveness Application and submit it to your loan servicer at the end of your fifth consecutive teaching year.

 

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Fresh Watermelon Mint Lemonade

Fresh Watermelon Mint Lemonade

Watermelon mint lemonade is perfect for a hot summer day and is as amazing as it sounds!  This summer my family and I took the plunge and planted a vegetable and herb garden.  It’s been paying off immensely!  The mint came straight out of our herb garden and the watermelon came from the grocery store (haha).  Our home grown watermelon isn’t quite ready yet.  Keep reading if you’re looking for a fun (and fast) way to cool off this summer.

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Ingredients

  • 1 liter ice cold water
  • juice of 3-5 lemons
  • honey 1-2 tsp or to taste
  • 4 cups of watermelon
  • fresh mint

Blend water, juice of lemons, honey, watermelon and fresh mint together.  You may have to do this in a few batches depending on the size of your blender.  I used my Nutribullet. Feel free to add or omit measurements of honey or lemon juice depending on what your family likes!

Enjoy!  Try pairing this with my summer loaded nachos recipe for a party!

 

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20% off Amazon Purchases Using American Express

****UPDATE:  OFFER NO LONGER VALID****

 

Looking for some extra savings this Prime day?!  If you have an American Express credit card that earns Membership Rewards points, you may be eligible for a special offer.

Solicited card members received emails from Amazon with a link to redeem the offer.  If you were not one of those solicited there is still a way you can save.

The Details:

Amex cardholders with a membership rewards account can get 20% off a purchase (up to a maximum savings of $100) by linking their membership rewards account to Amazon and redeeming at least 1 point in the process.

Must have an MR earning American Express card and it must be linked to Amazon

Items must be sold and shipped by Amazon, third party site sales are not eligible

The trick is you need to enter “1” when its asking how many rewards points you’d like to redeem.  Once you’ve done this apply promo code AMEXSWP20PD.  You can keep redeeming until you’ve reached a maximum of $100 in discounts.  This is a limited time offer meaning Amazon can shut it down at any time!

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Simple BBQ Chicken & Veggies With Rice

Easy BBQ Chicken & Veggies With Rice

This is an easy dinner your family will love.  Once again I didn’t want to spend all evening after work cooking a meal.  I pulled out some veggies from the fridge, chicken tenders, and brown rice.  Prep and cook time was about 30 minutes give or take and this meal was definitely a dinner win!  Toddler and husband gobbled it up.  What I love most about this recipe is that you can really tailor it to your liking.  If your family isn’t feeling bbq sauce, switch it up with sweet and sour or even balsamic vinegar.  No one likes broccoli?  Try roasting carrots.  What makes this dish the best is the frozen brown rice I picked up from Trader Joes.  All you have to do is pop the bag into the microwave for about 90 seconds. It’s seriously so good!   This is an easy dinner for any day of the week!

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BBQ Chicken & Veggies With Rice

  • 1 Package Chicken tenders or breasts
  • Trader Joes Brown Rice
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 Tsp Garlic powder
  • 2 Tsp Olive Oil
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce

Step 1: Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.  Start to marinate the chicken.  Fill a ziploc bag with your favorite BBQ sauce, about a cup or so.  Add the chicken and play around with it until the tenders are evenly coated.  Place ziploc bag in a safe area of your refrigerator.

Step 2: Prep the veggies.  Once washed and cut, toss veggies in olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste, and about 1 Tsp of garlic powder (or more if you love garlic!).  Place on a baking sheet and put in 400 degree oven for 15 minutes.

Step 3: While the veggies are roasting, take your chicken out of the refrigerator and begin cooking on a grill pan.  Grill 3-5 minutes per side (or more depending on the thickness of your chicken).  While grilling, check on your roasted veggies.  At the end of 15 minutes take a spatula and flip veggies over and return back to the oven for remaining 15 minutes.

Remove Trader Joes brown rice from your freezer and microwave 90 seconds.  At this point your veggies and chicken will be done.  Serve up on a plate and enjoy!

Let me know if your family tried this easy dinner and what they thought of it!  Also please let me know if you used different variations.. I’m always looking for new things to try.

If you’re meal prepping, don’t forget to check out my Healthy and Fit Guide for a free meal prep printable and other freebies!

 

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