Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Chicken Thighs on Rice (Video Included) | What's Cooking Wednesday?

The best thing about this recipe is the fact that it can be altered to your families tastes. I love recipes that I can change up so that they do not taste the same every time I make them. I have added all my vegetables to this dish to make it a one dish meal. 

2 cubes chicken bouillon & 1 tablespoon water*
2 cups water*
1 cup uncooked white rice
1/4 cup butter
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
4-6 chicken thighs (I used boneless/skinless)
1 teaspoon Italian-style seasoning
1 cup frozen peas

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). 
  • Dissolve bouillon in 1 tablespoon water. In a medium bowl combine the rice, butter/margarine, onion, garlic, peas and 2 cups water. Mix well and pour mixture into a 9x13 inch baking dish. 
  • Place thighs on top of rice mixture and season to taste. Cover with tinfoil to keep chicken moist. Bake in the preheated oven for 55 minutes (depends on the size of the thighs).

Remember to adjust your liquid to your ratio of rice that you need to use for your family. 

*I have taken out the bouillon and replaced it with Chicken Broth that I had on hand with the same results. 

Happy Cooking,                                            

*** It's just my life... was supplied meat and cookware from The recipes, video and photos are my own. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. ***

Wednesday, July 01, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Tuesday, June 30, 2015




Did you know that stress is a contributor to your gut health? Your gut is like your second brain and it is important to keep it healthy. 

Who would benefit from reading this book?

  • anyone with digestive problems
  • anyone on a diet
  • anyone looking to manage stress
  • anyone with autoimmune issues
  • anyone wanting to improve their overall health

Book Overview 

Part 1: Understanding Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Deciphering Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • The symptoms of Leaky Guy Syndrome
  • Assessing Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • The Causes of Leaky Gut Syndrome

Part 2: Managing Leaky Gut Syndrome 
  • Conventional Drug and Surgical Treatments
  • Lifestyle Modifications
  • Natural Complementary Therapies

Part 3: Leaky Gut Syndrome Diet Plan
  • Eliminating Inflammatory Foods
  • Choosing Gut-Friendly Foods
  • Implementing the LGS Diet Plan

Part 4: Menu Plans for the LGS Diet Plan
  • How to use the Meal Plan
  • Meal Plan: Calming Diet
  • Meal Plan: Restoring Diet
Part 5: Recipes for the LGS Diet Plan

Happy Reading!

Disclosure: It's just my life... did not receive compensation but did receive products for review purposes. It's just my life... may, however, receive compensation through purchases from affiliate links in this post. All opinions on this product are my own and may differ from our readers’ opinions.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Monday, June 29, 2015

Menu Planning Monday - June 29, 2015

Sick of opening the refrigerator door and wondering what you will cook for dinner night after night. Not only does it save us money it keeps us out of the restaurants. Lately I have been looking for something different to cook and that is when I turn to Pinterest to help inspire some creativity.  

~ Monday ~
Potato Salad
Garden Salad

~ Tuesday ~
Garlic Bread

~ Wednesday ~
BBQ pork chops

~Thursday ~
BBQ Burgers
Potato Salad

~ Friday ~
Scaloped Potatoes

~ Saturday ~
Cold Ham

~ Sunday ~

~ Baking this week ~
Oatmeal Cookies

What are you eating this week? How do you stay inspired when cooking at home every  night?

Monday, June 29, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Friday, June 26, 2015


There is nothing better than waking up on a Saturday morning with no real plans for the day. It allows my family to think of a place to go and explore for the day. Day trips take very little planning because they do not require a lot of money but they do require a bit of packing so that you can enjoy the day to the fullest. 

If it was just my husband and I packing wouldn't be a huge deal but with children on board it means you do have to pack a few things for your own sanity. I like it when the whole family can enjoy the day trip. 

Some of the items we always pack for our day trips are the following - 

  • Thermal Cooler bag - to put in all our items we like to keep cool like salads, cucumbers, cherries, grapes, etc. 
  • Insulated Cups - we use Bubba's at our house because they keep your drinks cold for many hours while traveling we even have a very large one so we can refill our water while on the road. 
  • Large Bag - Depending on the weather but I throw in some towels, a bag of chips or any other items we might need on our trip
  • Plastic Dishes - we don't like to eat off of paper plates or dishes so I purchased a set of plastic dishes with cutlery to put in our bag to use on these trips. 
  • Sunscreen - always a must to protect our skin from the elements. 
We prefer day trips over long weekend trips because when it comes down to it we prefer to sleep in our own beds at night. Once we have decided where we are going for the day I make and pack up some food for us to eat while we are out. Not only does this cut down on the cost of the trip but it gives us a chance to find a different place to picnic and explore while we are out. 

Do you go for day trips with your family? What do you pack with you when you go?

Friday, June 26, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Kicking it Old School with Netflix #StreamTeam

I am a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam and receive perks in exchange for monthly posts. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

I loved waking up on a Saturday morning and turning on the television to enjoy some cartoons. I thought those days were pretty much gone until I noticed on Netflix a few of my favourite cartoons from my early years. 

One of our morning go to cartoons is Jem and the Holograms. Jerrica Benton uses a holographic computer to turn herself and her pals into pop-music Jem and the Holograms. Netflix is showing 2 seasons currently for your viewing pleasure. 

Jem and the Holograms is one of many throwback TV shows currently airing on Netflix Canada. What old school tv shows are you currently sharing with you children? If you are stuck for titles here is some of ones airing on Netflix in June. 

*** 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. Before I was part of the streamteam I subscribed to Netflix and will continue to do so after my affiliation with them. The opinions on this blog are my own. ***

Thursday, June 25, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Quick & Easy Crock Pot Chili (Video Included) | What's Cooking Wednesday?

Some days we are just so busy and have so much on the go that there is no way once we get home I have time to cook. You know the day I am talking about once you walk in the door everyone is so hungry and no one can wait to eat. 

Quick & Easy Crock Pot Chili

1lb Ground Meat (browned and seasoned)
1 large can Diced Tomatoes
1 large can Kidney Beans (rinsed)
1 can Brown Beans
1 jar Pasta Sauce
1 tbsp Chili Seasoning (or to taste)

1. Brown and season ground meat to your families liking.
2. Add all the ingredients listed above to the Crock Pot and set to low since it will be on all day. If you are just doing it at lunch time then set your Crock Pot to high so your Chili will be ready to serve by dinner time.

Happy Cooking!

*** It's just my life... was supplied meat and cookware from The recipes, video and photos are my own. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. ***

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Young Hercules: The Complete DVD Set

“Young Hercules: The Complete Series”

The Complete Series includes all 50 episodes of the action adventure series in a 6-DVD set, as well as the bonus featurette Writing the Legend of Young Hercules.

On DVD June 23, 2015!

This prequel series to the smash hit Hercules: The Legendary Journeys explores the dawn of an ancient age of light and darkness as the half-god, half-man Hercules (Ryan Gosling, The Notebook) — along with his friends, Prince Jason (Chris Conrad, Mortal Kombat Annihilation) and Iolaus (Dean O’Gorman, The Hobbit Trilogy) — struggles to find his place in the world and learns what it means to be a hero.

This is a great series for the whole family to enjoy. I love that the episodes were only 30 minutes so we were able to watch them very quickly. 

“Young Hercules” Synopsis

“The early years of mythology’s mightiest man are revealed in Young Hercules: The Complete Series! This prequel series to the smash hit Hercules: The Legendary Journeys explores the dawn of an ancient age of light and darkness as the half-god, half-man Hercules — alongside his friends, Prince Jason and Iolaus — struggles to find his place in the world and learns what it means to be a hero.”

My Rating: 3.75/5

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Monday, June 22, 2015

Menu Planning Monday - June 22, 2015

It's summer!!!!!

~ Monday ~
Herbed Chicken
Mixed Veggies

~ Tuesday ~
Shepherd's Pie

~ Wednesday ~
BBQ pork chops

~Thursday ~
Garlic Bread

~ Friday ~
Apple Pork Chops
California Vegetables
Fried Rice

~ Saturday ~

~ Sunday ~
Homemade Hamburger Helper

~ Baking this week ~
chocolate chip cookies

Monday, June 22, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Saturday, June 20, 2015

#ThankYouMom for my Sparkling Clean Dishes! #PGMom

Disclosure: I am a P&Gmom/mamanP&G. 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.

Buying a house can be a stressful time in your life and I am so grateful for all the tips my mom gave me about what she used to clean her house and so much more. After moving into our new house we purchased a dishwasher right away. I had never had a dishwasher on my own only when I lived at home and truth be told I did not pay attention at all to what dishwasher soap my mom used. It was just a chore I had to do. 

After going to the store to pick up some dishwasher soap I chose the cheapest one I could find - I was trying to save money after all so the no name soap would have to do. My brand new dishwasher put spots all over my glasses and I was very disappointed. I talk to my mom daily so I mentioned it to her in conversation and she asked if I was using Cascade in my dishwasher. I asked her if she thought it would really make a difference and she said most definitely. 

The next day I went to the store and picked up some Cascade and used it in our dishwasher. That was over 20 years ago now and I am happy to say my dishes are still sparkling clean with Cascade. Thank you mom for all the tips you have given me along the way, I don't know where I would be without them. 

P&G has partnered with with Athletics Canada to provide members of their team competing at the upcoming Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in Toronto and their moms an assortment of P&G products from brands like Tide, Bounty, Pantene and Cascade. 

P&G’s #ThankYouMom campaign is about giving athletes an opportunity to thank their biggest champions – their moms. As a proud sponsor of moms, P&G products are used and trusted by moms every day so moms can focus on supporting their children.

Here is the latest #ThankYouMom video from P&G? In it, Olympic medalist Brianne Theisen-Eaton thanks her Mom Kim for tips, advice & support. Kim reflects on Brianne’s journey as well.

Have an amazing week and remember                           
Do What You Love and Love What You Do,                  

Saturday, June 20, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Friday, June 19, 2015


The warmer weather is here so why not head to your local dollar store and find some inexpensive solutions to beat the heat! I went to my local Dollar Tree and found packages of sponges they came in a pack of 3 for $1.25. I picked up 6 packages so that I could make 6 sponge water balls.

If you don't have any elastics you might want to check out the stationary aisle to grab some before you head to the check out. I already has some on hand so that is all I had to pick up. 

Once we got home a cut the sponges into quarters length wise and then arranged the pieces as pictures above. I gathered the sponges in the center and wrapped the elastic around them three times to hold them together and watched them come together and form a ball as pictured below.

 When we finished making all 6 sponge water balls we headed outside for some cool fun. My daughter filled up a bucket with cool water and we tossed all the sponges into it to get wet.

I took some time to draw a target on the drive way so we could throw our sponges at it to see who could get the most points.

Get creative and see what you games you can come up with to play with the Sponge Water Balls. The best thing is they last longer than water balls and I don't have to pick up all the pieces of balloons all over my yard before my puppy finds them.

Here is the video I did to show you exactly how I made our Sponge Water Balls.

Friday, June 19, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Pork Tenderloin on the Grill (Video Included) | What's Cooking Wednesday?

Cooking dinner on the grill is definitely our thing to do now that this beautiful weather is here. I should add between the showers and thunder storms. We seem to be getting lots of that lately. 

Pork Tenderloin on the Grill

1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1/4 cup Worcestershire Sauce
1/4 cup Lemon Juice
1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Basil

1 Pork Tenderloin

1. In a freezer bag mix first 7 ingredients and then shake bag up to mix before adding in pork tenderloin. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours - you can marinade overnight. 
2. Preheat the grill for medium-high heat. Sear meat on the grill on each side to brown. 
3. Make a tray out of foil and add some of the marinade into the tray then put add the tenderloin and close to keep the moisture in the foil packet. 
4. Grill for about 20 to 30 minutes on low heat. 

Happy Cooking,                                            

*** It's just my life... was supplied meat and cookware from The recipes, video and photos are my own. The opinions and comments on this blog are those of the author. ***

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0

Monday, June 15, 2015

Menu Planning Monday - June 15, 2015

Hoping the weather holds out on me for all my grilling plans this week. If not I might have to revamp my list a little here and there to accommodate the weather. Do you take the weather into consideration when you are meal planning? I used to only take into account what I had on hand in food but now it seems the weather wants to mess with my dinner plans also. 

Monday - HM Pizza, Salad

Tuesday - Sloppy Joes, Fries

Wednesday - Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Potatoes

Thursday - Pasta Bake, Salad, Garlic Bread

Friday - BBQ Pork Chops, Potatoes, Grilled Veggies

Saturday - Tacos, Nachos

Sunday - Father's Day (my brother is cooking tonight)

This week we won't be cooking on Father's Day because we are going to a BBQ at my brothers where he is making smoked ribs I do believe. Hope you have a great week and let's hope I can stay on track with my menu this week. 

Monday, June 15, 2015 by AnnMarie Brown · 0