Sunday, January 12, 2014

Be #CartonSmart

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carton Smart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

since I first saw them in November, I have been in love with these Tetra Pak cartons!  What a great way to package things that would normally be stored in bulky cans.  
 
Imagine how great your pantry would look if you replaced your cans with these!
 
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Not only are the Tetra Pak cartons convenient, they are so great for the environment and the taste of the food!  Look at all these great benefits of these products!
 
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We celebrated Thanksgiving in Florida this year.  We wouldn't even think about hauling all those heavy cans along on the two-day car ride, but these cartons were so light and packed so well!
 
We love to make a loaf of banana bread for breakfast during the trip down to Florida, so I decided to go with the season and switch it to pumpkin bread.
 
We took our usual banana bread recipe and substituted the pumpkin puree for the bananas.  I went with it because I know it's delicious and I didn't want to experiment when I had this awesome product to try, but I want to work with this recipe to make it a little healthier in the future.  Don't get me wrong, things taste awesome with butter, but I'm pretty sure I can get that stick of butter reduced a little and I want to try the tricks I learned from my Benefits of Flax post.
 
You can find that recipe here and look at how delicious it looks! Nevermind that I spent the first few hours of the trip resting my feet on the bread in the cramped car - it was still delicious flat!
 
The carton was great.  I loved not having to struggle with a can opener.  Just lift the sides, squeeze where the arrows indicate, fold the top back on the perforated line and tear (this may take some effort), and pour.
 
I can't wait to try use the other two products I received!  I can easily find something to do with the chicken stock, but I'm looking for a fun recipe to try with the Cranberry sauce.  You can go to pacificfoods.com and CartonSmart.com to see other products availible in these fantastic cartons!
 
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Want to learn more?  Make sure to Become Carton SmartTweet @CartonSmart, and Follow #CartonSmart on Pinterest.
 
 
Are you convinced to make the switch to environmentally friendly and tastier cartons!  Have any suggestions for my Cranberry Sauce?  I'd love to hear them!
 
 
 
 

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Tips and Tricks Tuesday #6

Tips and Tricks Tuesday #6 is live - head over and link up all your awesome old and new posts!

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In case you're missing out...

I'm making that switch I've been promising.  In case you haven't followed me during the move, here are some thing you're missing.


I ran my first 5K!!!








Monday, September 9, 2013

Tips and Tricks Tuesday #5

Hey all!

It's Tuesday!!  Time to share your healthy living tips and tricks, or to seek the wisdom of others to make this journey a little smoother.

** Just a reminder, I will be making the switch to only one blog at Exploring Domesticity, so please remember to follow me over there!  I'm taking all my weight loss posts and adding them to my craft, tips, recipes, and DIY - should be great!!  Hope to see you there!**


Like a 2-Year-Old


Thanks for everyone who shared last week!  Here are the top three most viewed links.





Like a 2-Year-Old shared her questions about her upcoming first 5K and looked for advice from you!



Seeing Less of Kristin shared why it's important to Track Your Measurements.



Make sure to check out the rest of the links last week - you won't be disappointed!

if you were featured, make sure you grab a button!

Like a 2-Year-Old



So, here's the deal:
  • Link up any past posts you have that you think may benefit others in any way - advice, recipes, reviews, workouts, motivation, inspiration, etc...
  • Link up any past posts in which you are searching out advice from others - help staying on track, products, workouts, food, motivation, etc...
  • Make sure to include the topic of your post in your title (I've noticed putting "Kristin @ Like a 2-year-old" in the title spot is a total weight loss blog trend - we're looking for the subject so people know what they're clicking on.)
  • Follow your lovely hosts, Kristin and Kristin - let us know and we will gladly follow you back!  Hey, we're all here for the same support, right?
  • Place our button somewhere on your blog or link back in your posts - let's gather as much advice from as many people as we can!
  • Last, visit as many links as you can - help answer questions from those looking for help and let the others know how much you appreciate them sharing their own tips and tricks.
  • Each week we will try to feature the most clicked link, as well as others that seem particularly helpful and deserve a little more recognition.



Now on with the show!







Sunday, September 8, 2013

One Pot Fajita Pasta

I've been warning everyone that I'm making the switch over to my permanent home at Exploring Domesticity, so if you haven't already please follow me over there.  I wouldn't want to lose any of you!

I'll keep reminding you for another week or two, but most of my posts will be over there and linked from here.

Here is a yummy dinner that I made last week.  It is perfect for one because you can do it completely in one pot if you wish and eliminate all other dishes - I'm serious, if you're eating along who needs a bowl when you already have it in a pan?

I used to make these one-pot meals all the time and it was much easier to keep track of what I was eating.  My family absolutely loves this so I make enormous batches now.  It's just a complete hit all the way around!






And just because it's Sunday night, here's a little motivation for your Monday.




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Wendy @ Daily Dose of Del Signore


Veronica @ V Watts' Thoughts


Morgan @ Fat to Fit Confessions


Tiff @ The Fit Train


Katie @ The Carb Monster


Alisha @ Coily Locks











Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Meeting with a business mentor and Non-Scale Victories

Ugh!  Just deleted everything I spent the last 30 minutes writing.  This will be a lot shorter.

I meet with a business mentor tomorrow.  I'm extremely nervous to share my ideas but excited for some guidance.  I'll probably write a post about this later, but my new motto is: if you didn't fail you didn't try.

NSVs
  • My wedding bands fit!  I never had them sized so they were a little big when we got married and I have a way to go before my engage,rent ring fits, but it's a start
  • I wore size 10 pants today
  • I've been getting a lot of compliments, which is always nice
  • I'm a lot more comfortable in my body.  I can cross my legs easier and I can fold my knees up to my chest easier when playing with the kiddos.  It's just a lot easier to move around - you take that for granted.
I'm making the switch soon and combining my two blogs.  I would LOVE if you'd follow me over at Exploring Domesticity - it will be much if the same with a little more recipes and DIY in the mix.  Also, make sure to check out this week's Tips and Tricks Tuesday - we had some awesome posts linked up!  Last, I've joined the masses and got on Instagram - I have no idea what I'm doing, only follow one person so far, and have nothing posted yet.  Feel free to follow me (ExploringDomesticity) or let me know and I will follow you!



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Monday, September 2, 2013

Tips and Tricks Tuesday #4

Hey all!

It's Tuesday!!  Time to share your healthy living tips and tricks, or to seek the wisdom of others to make this journey a little smoother.


Like a 2-Year-Old


Thanks for everyone who shared last week!  Here are the top three most viewed links.


24 to 30 shared some fantastic advice for getting that workout in even if the only time you have is your lunch break.



Like a 2-Year-Old shared how she organized a fun and social workout with friends.



Kimberlee's Korner shared her experience with week 1 of the T-25 workout.



Make sure to check out the rest of the links last week - you won't be disappointed!

if you were featured, make sure you grab a button!

Like a 2-Year-Old



So, here's the deal:
  • Link up any past posts you have that you think may benefit others in any way - advice, recipes, reviews, workouts, motivation, inspiration, etc...
  • Link up any past posts in which you are searching out advice from others - help staying on track, products, workouts, food, motivation, etc...
  • Make sure to include the topic of your post in your title (I've noticed putting "Kristin @ Like a 2-year-old" in the title spot is a total weight loss blog trend - we're looking for the subject so people know what they're clicking on.)
  • Follow your lovely hosts, Kristin and Kristin - let us know and we will gladly follow you back!  Hey, we're all here for the same support, right?
  • Place our button somewhere on your blog or link back in your posts - let's gather as much advice from as many people as we can!
  • Last, visit as many links as you can - help answer questions from those looking for help and let the others know how much you appreciate them sharing their own tips and tricks.
  • Each week we will try to feature the most clicked link, as well as others that seem particularly helpful and deserve a little more recognition.



Now on with the show!
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