Monday, January 26, 2015

Menu Planning Monday - January 26, 2015





No eating out for this family this week. We are holding true to that for the month so far. YEAH!

How do you decide what you are cooking every week? Do you have your basic go to meals? Do you look through websites for recipe ideas?


Remember to check back on Wednesday to see what was cooking in my house last week as I share this week's recipe with you.



Here are some of the meals I made last week:



~ Monday ~
Lazy Day Casserole
Salad

~ Tuesday ~
Turkey Soup

~ Wednesday ~
Homemade Mac & Cheese
Salad

~Thursday ~
Chicken
Rice
Veggies

~ Friday ~
Chinese Food


~ Saturday ~
Leftovers

~ Sunday ~
Pasta


~ Baking this week ~

Peanut Butter Cookies
Brownies
buns


Other Meal Planning Resources:




Looking for some recipe inspiration... head over to orgjunkie.com



Monday, January 26, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What's Cooking Wednesday?




We usually spend Saturday morning in the kitchen baking the day away and preparing extra meals for the week to make things run smoother during the week. In the kitchen this week we made some Chili and bread bowls.

Chili 

  • 2 pounds ground meat
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 cubes beef Bouillon
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans brown beans
  • 1 Large can kidney beans (drained)
  • 2 (28 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice

Crumble the ground meat in a large stock pan. Drain off excess grease.
Add in onions, celery and peppers. Cook until soft.
Add in spices, stir to combine.
Last but not least add in the beans and tomatoes. Stir to blend and cover and simmer on low heat for 2 hours.

We like to make our Chili the night before so that all the flavours can combine very nicely making it very flavourful without being to spicy.

Serve in bowls or bread bowls as we did and top with some shredded cheese.

Here is the full video of What's Cooking Wednesday?



Happy Cooking,                                                  

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Monday, January 19, 2015

Menu Planning Monday - January 19, 2015



We are still holding true to not eating out for the month of January. It does take planning and that is why making a menu plan is so important to keeping on track with our goals.




~ Monday ~
Herbed Chicken
Perogies
Mixed Veggies
Coleslaw

~ Tuesday ~
Shepherd's Pie
Salad

~ Wednesday ~
Garden Vegetable Soup
Bread Sticks

~Thursday ~
Spaghetti
Garlic Bread
Salad

~ Friday ~
Apple Pork Chops
California Vegetables
Fried Rice

~ Saturday ~
Leftovers

~ Sunday ~
Homemade Hamburger Helper
Potatoes
Veggies

~ Baking this week ~
chocolate chip cookies
buns
bread




Monday, January 19, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Adventures of Puss in Boots arrives on Netflix #StreamTeam



With the holiday season over it is time to get back into the every day routine of homeschooling and life. This month Netflix has an assortment of literature inspired movies and that makes homeschooling so much more fun when we can read the book and then watch the movie. This month that also includes The Adventures of Puss in Boots.



On January 16th Netflix brings The Adventures of Puss in Boots to your little screen. starring one of the most celebrated characters for kids. The world’s greatest fighter, lover and milk connoisseur springs into action with comical tales that take him to exotic locations, filled with unforgettable characters. As Puss embarks on adventures that are the stuff of legend, nothing can stand in the way of this swashbuckling hero … except a hairball! Puss in Boots is a great example of an enduring and entertaining children’s tale based on a book.

Don't stop at Puss in Boots there are many more greats to watch on Netflix this month why not take in a few of the other titles.

For Big Kids:



For Little Kids:


What are your go to movies with your family this month?


*** It's just my life... is a member of the Netflix Canada #StreamTeam. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to Netflix events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own. ***

Friday, January 16, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

My Little Pony The Movie & My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks (#Giveaway)



My Little Pony is celebrating  its 30 anniversary! Ponyland has only been in my life for 10 years but Fans of My Little Pony will certainly enjoy this animated film has been newly restored, making Ponyland look brighter than ever!


On DVD January 27, 2015!


The first day of Spring is on its way and the Little Ponies are preparing for it with a big festival. But all the fun may come to an end if the witch Hydia has her way! Can the Ponies defeat Hydia and her evil daughters, Reeka and Draggle? More importantly, can they save Ponyland from the witches’ concoction, the strange purple goo called Smooze, that’s threatening to bury the whole town?


My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks finds Canterlot High (CHS) hosting a musical showcase, and Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, and Fluttershy are going to be performing with their new band, The Rainbooms. But when The Dazzlings, a new girl group, arrive at CHS and convince everyone to turn the friendly showcase into a Battle of the Bands, tensions mount between the competing musical acts. A now-reformed Sunset Shimmer realizes that the Dazzlings may not be ordinary girls and are after something far more sinister than just being named Best Band at Canterlot High. The Rainbooms call on Princess Twilight to restore harmony to their world to help them perform a musical counter-spell so that they can win a battle that now determines the fate of the entire school!

~ WIN ~


TWO Lucky readers of It's Just My Life... will win DVD copies of both My Little Pony The Movie & My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks! Giveaway ends on February 6th 2015 at 11:59 pm EST. See Giveaway Tools form for entry and T&C.




** Disclosure: Posted by It's just my life... I was provided promotional material by the manufacturer or a representing PR agency. Images, information and prize provided by PR agency. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. **





Tuesday, January 13, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Disney On Ice Presents Worlds of Fantasy is coming to London (#Giveaway) #DisneyOnIceInsider





I just love family events like Disney on Ice a great event for my whole family to attend. The performances are always amazing or I should say the last four I have been to have been awesome. My daughter just loves watching all her favourite characters on the ice.

Disney on Ice World of Fantasy will be here in London from January 29th to February 1st at the Budweiser Gardens. This year I am excited to offer my readers at It's just my life...  a chance to win a family 4 pack of tickets to the show on January 29th at 7pm.


About the show:
Audiences will be amazed by the life-sized Cars characters Mater, Lightning McQueen, Sally, Flo and Ramone speeding and zooming around the frozen highway. While on a road trip from Radiator Springs, the Cars characters try to re-energize Mickey Mouse’s cherry red roadster that breaks down. The coolest cars on the ice, with working eyes, zip around the rink to a favorite tune from the Disney/Pixar hit movie.

Production Numbers:
“Life is a Highway” – Mater, McQueen and the gang celebrate as they get Mickey’s roadster re-charged and revved up.



~ WIN! ~


We are giving away 4 tickets to the show at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario for Thursday, January 29, 2015.



GIVEAWAY ENDS

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2015 

Open to anyone willing to travel to LONDON for the show.



Disclosure - I received something of value from Feld Entertainment as part of their Insider Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Monday, January 5, 2015

Menu Planning Monday - January 5, 2015



We are on our no spend January challenge and that includes not eating out for the whole month. So menu planning it very important to be able to meet this challenge.

On Monday I plan on making a big pot of soup that will help with lunches for the week by just adding a sandwich here and there.




~ Monday ~
Turkey Soup

~ Tuesday ~
Pasta

~ Wednesday ~
Turkey Pot Pie

~Thursday ~
Chicken Parm
Rice
Veggies

~ Friday ~
HM Pizza
Salad

~ Saturday ~
Ham
Scalloped Potatoes
Veggies

~ Sunday ~
Chili


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Monday, January 05, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival {#Review}



Oh Mickey your so fine, your so fine you blow my mind Hey Mickey!

Feld Entertaintment were kind enough to give us tickets to facilitate this review of Disney Live! Mickey's Music Fetival at Budweiser Gardens. The show was hand clapping, chair dancing and very entertaining for all who attended. The show as engaging from start to finish and even had us up and dancing at one point.


The music was toe tapping and has us rocking out to song like Single Ladies, Girls Just want to Have Fun and let's not forget my personal favourite Cotton Eye Joe. We all enjoyed the short stories of Aladdin and The Little Mermaid.

The brief intermission was perfectly timed allowing families to stretch their legs a little and the children to be able to get out some of their jitters before the second act.


Disney Live! Mickey's Music Festival was a great show for the whole family. It brought together popular songs and Disney classic songs that we all knew and loved. I would highly recommend this family friendly show for all ages.

Sunday, January 04, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Friday, January 2, 2015

Duracell Powers Smiles {#Giveaway}




Watching people open their Christmas gifts brings such a joy to my day but then the dreaded it takes batteries always happens and it just crushes the enthusiasm. Remember to stock up with Duracell this holiday season to avoid the disappointment that comes with not having enough batteries to power all those amazing gifts you purchased.

Duracell in partnership with Hasbro would like to power your smiles by offering one of ItsJustMyLife... Canadian readers the opportunity to win this season’s must have toys and the Duracell Quantum batteries to power them.

The JENGA QUAKE game will have players shaking from excitement with this all-new version of everyone’s favourite classic wood-stacking game. The pieces sit on a moving base that shakes and quakes during game play for added challenge and excitement. Build the tower as tall as you can without it all falling down on your turn!




Disclosure: By entering the following contest you are accepting that if you win your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize.

This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada. Please note giveaways are only open to Canadian residents, excluding Quebec, and will not be sent out of the country.

Friday, January 02, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ringing in the New Year with All Hail King Julien #KingJulien


It is time to ring in the new year and what a better way to ring in the new year then with All Hail King Julien a DreamWorks animation on Netflix. It's a totally original, totally hilarious and totally insane new series that debuts with five brand-new episodes and the even better part they all star King Julien.



We decorated the house put on our glasses blew up balloons and enjoyed some awesome pizza ringing in the new year with King Julien. 

I am happy to say that we all were able to stay up until midnight to truly ring the new year in in fashion!

Wishing all of you a very happy new year and all the best in 2015.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Chicken Soup for the Soul - Find Your Inner Strength {#Review}




Chicken Soup For The Soul: Find Your Inner Strength

Everyone has a story about how they have overcome a struggle in their life no matter what that struggle is - the sense of power you have once you have overcome something that you struggle with can not be described in words.

The stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength, composed by Amy Newmark with a foreward by Fran Drescher give you 10 chapters of empowering stories of resilience, positive thinking, and overcoming challenges:
  • Overcoming Self-Destructive Behavior
  • Fighting Health Challenges
  • Powering Through Loss
  • Moving Past Disabilities
  • Accepting the New Normal
  • Accepting What Makes You Different
  • Learning to Reach Out
  • Rising to the Challenge
  • Pursuing Your Dreams
  • Taking Back Your Life
All the stories begin by explaining what was going on in the writers life before telling you how they over came the challenges in their life.

What is your favourite Chicken Soup Book?

Connect with Chicken Soup for the Soul -
Find More on their Website 
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** Disclosure: Posted by It's just my life... I was provided promotional material by the manufacturer or a representing PR agency to facilitate this review. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. **

Thursday, December 11, 2014 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Transform your Home for the Holidays {#Giveaway} ARV $40 #PGMom



The holidays are the time of year when we welcome guests into our home and do some extra entertaining with family and friends. The holiday season means a lot of running around and purchasing gifts, extra grocery items and baking until our hearts content.

I always like to have my house company ready in case someone just drops in unannounced. The folks at P&G makes this task a whole lot easier.


Here are a few tips on how you can become the hostess with the mostess this holiday season:

The Bedroom
Sprinkle Downy Unstopables into your laundry to ensure sheets smell fresh and clean for their entire stay – adding a touch of luxury to their sleep! To be sure your guests feel relaxed place a Febreze Sugared Cranberry Candle on their bedside table – the aroma is certain to put them at ease!

The Kitchen 
Doing laundry can not only be a hassle for guests, but is rarely ever a priority. With Tide-To-Go Pens, you can offer them the feeling of a crisp clean outfit instantly, in the event of a dinnertime mishap.

Harsh winter air and a sink full of dishes may sound like an unsavoury way to treat your special guests. Since they’re sure to be the first to lend a helping hand after dinner, show your gratitude and make dishwashing a pleasant, post-dinner tradition. It’s simple: swap out your favourite scented suds for Dawn Hand Renewal with Olay, cutting turkey grease and rejuvenating your guests’ hands in just five washes!

The Bathroom
Travel sized portions of body wash, face cream, shampoo and conditioner are the perfect items to keep in the full bathroom for your overnight guests. As these products are often the first items forgotten when packing, guests will not have to worry when they see Olay Body Wash and Olay Regenerist waiting for them by the bathroom sink.

In the shower, add a couple shampoo and conditioner options to provide hair products that match your guests’ needs! With Pantene Smooth, your guests will have hair that stays super-sleek for up to 72 hours and, with Pantene Volume, guests who suffer from flat hair will experience 24-hour volume to get them through that holiday party!

Last but not least, remember: before the doorbell rings, spray the house with Febreze Frosted Pine Air Effects. You may be noseblind to your home smell, but guests are not!

WIN!

One of It's just my life... readers will win a Holiday Host Kit (ARV $40) that will include
*Pricing at the discretion of the retailer.

By entering this contest you are accepting that, if you win, your contact information will be shared with a P&G PR and shipping agency for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize.

This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #PGmom program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada excluding Quebec.

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to P&G events and opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014 by AnnMarie Brown · 0