Mom’s Must Have

This post is sponsored by Cascade.  All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I absolutely love to cook! It is something I do regularly! But being a mom I never realized how much time is spent making breakfast, lunch, dinner, and SNACKS for my family.  So. Much. Time. Having a family that eats at home 2 to 3 meals a day means we go through A LOT of dishes. Prepping, cooking, eating is a chore all in itself so cleaning my dishes shouldn’t be.  One thing that is a must have for me as a mom is Cascade pure essentials.  It works hard for a reliable clean and I also feel good about it for my family because it has simplified formula.  We have always used Cascade, but when their pure essentials came out it was a no brainer for me.  Cascade pure essentials is infused with biobased ingredients, no chlorine bleach, and no phosphates, which is important to me.  It is Cascade’s only dye free liquid top! The wonderful perfume in the formula is infused with essential oils in two refreshing scents: Lemon Essence and Orange Blossom.  The Actionpacs help cut down on pre-washing (which helps save water) and pouring detergent into the dishwashers. Now I just load my dishes, pop one Casecade pure essentials Actionpac into my dishwasher, and press start! So easy!  Now unloading the dishwasher….That’s another story! 

I always pick up Cascade pure essentials when I am at Walmart.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli

I love cooking.  I really enjoy everything that goes into making dishes.  I love looking up recipes and trying to make new dishes too.  One staple I love to make with any dinner is roasted broccoli and brussel sprouts.  It is an easy go to side that my husband always loves and Millie is opening up to liking. I make them individually too using the same recipe, but I like to make them together often!

I know not everyone likes brussel sprouts, but I love them.  I love to make them in different ways, and cook with them in other dishes as well.  I love to add them into pasta or use them when I make a rice dish.  I always love to make them using bacon too. Mmmm Bacon and Brussel sprouts.  But what isn’t improved when cooking it with bacon?! Broccoli is one of those vegetables that I love, but when they are overcooked and mushy I just can’t eat them.  There is nothing worse them mushy almost white broccoli.  You can over steam your broccoli!  Yuck!

The recipe I use to make roasted broccoli and brussel sprouts is very simple and a perfect side for any meal.  I make them when we have chicken, pork, steak, pasta, and more! 

Roasted Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli


Bag of Brussel Sprouts

Bag of Broccoli

2 tbsp- Olive Oil

½ tsp- Minced Garlic

Generous Salt and Pepper

Preheat your oven to 425*.  Cut off the steam/bottom of the brussel sprouts and cut into quarters. Put them into a large mixing bowl.  Next, trim the broccoli and cut the large pieces into smaller ones.  I like to try to have most of my pieces around the same size, it helps them cook more evenly.  Put the broccoli into the mixing bowl with the brussel sprouts.  Pour 1TBSP of olive oil in.  Mix well.  Add the next TBSP of olive oil- you may need to add more or a little less depending on how well they are covered.  Add ½ tsp of minced garlic (I used the dried minced garlic).  Mix well.  Generously add salt and pepper. Mix well.  Once mixed well pour onto a foil lined baking sheet (I line mine with foil so clean up is easier).  Place into preheated oven for 12 minutes.  At 12 minutes mix them up a bit.  Put back into the oven for an addition 10-12 minutes.  Put out and serve immediately.

I prefer mine a bit more ‘done’. I love the crispy pieces! Soooo good! So if you don’t prefer them as done, place in oven for an additional 7 – 10 minutes.

Cut the bottom off and cut into quarters
I like to make the broccoli the same size if possible
Make sure the veggies are evenly coated. You may need less or more olive oil!
Spread on baking sheet. You may need two sheets!
Stir them around about 12 mins in!
Perfectly roasted Brussel sprouts and broccoli!

That’s it is! Easy peasy! Like I said before it is an easy side dish to add to any meal. You can make the same recipe for easy roasted broccoli or easy roasted brussel sprouts. I would cut the olive oil and seasoning in half though! If you have wanted to know How to roast brussel sprouts or how to roast broccoli now you know! How do you like to cook your broccoli and/or brussel sprouts? Roasted broccoli? Steamed Broccoli? Any other ways?

Please let me know in the comments below!

Best Probiotics

January was a long month, but the positive is January means a fresh start. Time to get refreshed, recharged, and rejuvenated. This year I am focusing on self-care. Being a full time working mom, a wife, sister, daughter, friend and so much more I tend to put myself last because I am too invested in everyone else- but myself. Self care is so important and it often gets over looked by so many people.

I have been trying to make small changes that I can work on daily and weekly to help me feel overall better. I have started meditating, stretching daily, and flossing. (does anyone hate to floss??) I have also started taking a probiotics. I am using Dr. Ohhira Probiotics. These probiotics are the only ones with a 3-year fermented food supply. There are 12 different strains of live “friendly bacteria” that helps your system.

What are probiotics? The Mayo Clinic states:

Probiotics are good bacteria that are either the same as or very similar to the bacteria that are already in your body. Your lower digestive tract alone teems with a complex and diverse community of these bacteria. In fact, there are a greater number of bacteria in your intestines than there are cells in your body.

But not all of the bacteria in your body are good for you. Some research suggests that having too many of the “bad” and not enough of the “good” bacteria — caused in part by an unhealthy diet — can wreak all sorts of havoc on your body’s systems. This imbalance can lead to weight gain, skin conditions, constipation or diarrhea, and various chronic health conditions.

Dr. Ohhira’s Probitotics promotes healthy digestion, healthy intestinal pH, and helps support a healthy immune system response. After having Millie I started having heartburn- which I never had before. Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics help relieve my occasional heartburn. After using them for a few weeks I have felt a difference overall as well.

There are a few other things I want to start doing to help my overall self-care, but this was one of this things that felt the most important. I will be writing on some other self-care things I am doing soon! Have you tried probiotics? What have you done to help your self-care this year?

**These statements have no been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

**I was compensated for receiving the products, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

**Please talk with your Doctor before starting any probiotics.

Enchant Christmas

There is nothing more magical than the Christmas season! Enchant illuminated Dallas this season. Enchant had us out to enjoy their experience. Enchant is in Globe Life Park- where the Texas Ranger play! The whole field is enchanted with lights on lights on lights!

We had to go through the maze and find all the ornaments! We got to watch people glide on their ice skates on the ice trail. There were larger than life ornaments, presents, and Christmas trees. Millie loved the sparkle light maze! At the end we even caught a glimpse of Santa and Ms. Claus.

There was enchantment around every corner. This will be a Christmas time tradition for us every year! Thank you Enchant for our special evening!

Dallas Mavs Game

On Saturday night the Dallas Mavs invited us to their #Mavswonderland night.  It was a fun filled family event.  You could see Santa and Ms. Claus, get a balloon animal made, and other fun holiday treats.  They gave us the VIP treatment ALL night long.  We had suite tickets with food and drinks!  The kids all got to chose a stuffed animal or a t-shirt.  We also go to take home a DIRK Christmas ornament for our tree!

We could not be more impressed with the Mavs organization.  The game was incredible.  They had fun drummers, a magician, games, and more during time outs and half time.  The kids said it was one of the best nights ever.  I am pretty sure they are now spoiled and want to attend every Mavs game like a VIP.

The best part of the evening was seeing how much fun the kids were having.  It was Millie’s first Mavs game and she was a champ!  She would yell and clap along with everyone, she danced when the music came on,  it was a blast to see.  We could not be more thankful for our experience.  I 100% can say the Dallas Mavs organization goes above and beyond and gives the whole experience the whole game for their fans.  There was never a dull moment and the energy in the place was incredible. We cannot wait to cheer on our Dallas Mavs for the rest of this season!  If you live in Dallas or plan to visit Dallas you MUST attend a game.  I promise you will have an awesome time.

Thank you again for hosting our family for a fun filled holiday event.  Our family will never forget it- which is the most magical part. GO MAVS!