It will happen eventually. It doesn’t matter if you don’t let the kid eat in the car or give them goldfish by throwing them over your shoulder. Your car is going to get messy. How do we minimize the damage?
I let my four year old eat in the car, but limit what he eats. There isn’t soup or shredded cheese being consumed. But every day when I pick him up from daycare, I bring a snack – goldfish, red bell peppers, gummies (on Fridays).
Last week, my four year old threw up in the car. Not just a little but the kind that I had to spend almost an hour getting it out of the nooks and crannies. Here are the bare necessities.
A good vacuum
Ideally, you have an outlet in your garage or close to your car outside. If this isn’t the case, you need a GOOD handheld vacuum.
Thankfully, I have both! Vacuums you plug in typically get better suction and therefore it takes less effort to get goldfish and other crumbs or dirt out of your car.
For a corded vacuum, I have the Shark DuoClean Lift-Away. This vacuum is incredible. I thought all corded vacuums were created equal until this. It glides well and is able to get up anything in it’s path. I pull this out every few times I clean the car for a good deep clean.
For a cordless vacuum, the Dyson V8 is perfect! It comes with attachments to make it a great size for the car and still works well on your floors. I have mine mounted on the wall in my laundry room so that I can grab it quickly when I need to clean up a mess in the kitchen as well. It’s light weight and high performing!
I have never been as happy to have a good seat protector as this past weekends vomit episode. It caught some of the mess and was easy to clean. It has caught handfuls of goldfish crumbs and M&Ms that melted in the summer heat.
The one linked above has a small pouch with a mess netting at the bottom. I use it to collect trash and then take it inside whenever I remember and my hands aren’t already full.
This depends on the car you have. If your seats are leather, you can grab something basic like this. A pack of microfiber cloths will allow you to clean the leather gently.
If you have fabric seats, there is a similar option (linked here)!
If you figure this one out, let me know! I am still looking for a good deal on it.
If you haven’t checked out Whisk.com, you are missing out! It allows you to save recipes to your account and then place them on the calendar to plan out your week. The best part is that the recipes can be from anywhere and not only does it bring them into the site in a cute fashion, but it allows you to add them to a grocery list and then push what you want to the grocery store of your choice!!! GUYS!!! This allows you to just check out and go pick up your groceries. MIND BLOWN and so much time saved.
Here are our meals for this week:
You can click through these links below to see them on whisk!
Is it even possible to eat a version of taco bowls too often? We do it at least once a week. This calls for ground beef but we had a ton of red meat last week, so we are swapping it out for ground turkey or ground chicken.
Microwave your squash per the instructions on the bag. Blend with 1/4 c water until smooth.
Cook pasta per instructions but reserve 1 c of pasta water. Drain the rest.
On medium heat, brown sausage – breaking it into little pieces as it cookes (4-5 minutes). Transfer to a plate.
Melt butter in medium-low in pan. Add shallots and garlic. Cook, stirring, until golden (5-6 minutes). Pour puréed butternut squash in and season with 1/4 tsp salt and pepper to taste. Stir in 3/4 of pasta water to thin. Add more if needed.
Stir in spinach, Parmesan and sage. Add cooked pasta and sausage. Stir until combined. Serve with extra cheese!
I was searching for new everyday shoes and a friend pointed these out to me. I got them in and can confirm they are a steal under $40! I bought my true size that I wear in Nike as well (8.5) and they are perfect. I had a bit of a wide foot but got the regular.
I will always start with the disclaimer that you should never go into debt over any of this! Target has some good stuff (and Walmart) with workout clothes too. I got a killer workout top from Amazon for $16.
The Nordstrom sale is open to the top tier loyalty customers and things are already starting to sell out. Make sure that you keep an eye out for things to come back in stock though so people return what they don’t want to keep.
My favorites consist of a log of Ado and Zella leggings and top with a little Adidas thrown in. Shop the items below here or by clicking the image. If you don’t have a Nordstrom card, just hold out until your access is open! Here is a link to the details on when it’s open and there is an image below. I’ll be shopping at the “Influencer” cardmember level and will update with things still in stock.
These are the top of my list. I have them in black and adore them!
These are the best cookies you will ever eat. Well that is, if you like chocolate and deliciousness and a cookie that keeps its shape.
The original recipe is here, but I did modify. I put my version below.
First, I went with a dutched cocoa powder instead of the regular. It’s a little less acidic and the one I happened to grab out of the pantry. Most stores sell it, but it will be labelled differently than the regular. It has to say “Dutch” in some form.
My second change was that I used some dark chocolate chips. That’s what we keep on hand around here. But I didn’t have a full amount so it ended up being about half semi sweet and half dark chocolate. I need to make a grocery store order….
Third, I left out the nuts. My four year old is allergic to all nuts so it’s a pass.
Fourth, I always use unsalted butter. I didn’t add any extra salt to compensate.
Finally and most importantly, we added marshmallows. Trust me, it’s soooo worth it.
Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Step 2 In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
Step 3 Bake for 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or just almost set. You want them to be gooey because you are going to put them back in.
Step 4 Carefully remove the cookies from the oven and change the over to broil. Top each cookie with a large marshmallow and put back in the oven.
Step 5 Cook for about a minute until the marshmallows lightly brown on top. Take out and cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
With the NSale coming soon, you are going to hear the buzz from bloggers and friends alike. Keep in mind, these things will go on sale again. You might find a great dupe at Walmart! Don’t believe the hype to the point that you get click happy.
That being said… I love this sale. There are deals you can get on great things that are enjoyable to purchase. I shop Nordstrom because they have a phenominal return policy and I can trust the brands to be good quality. Nordstrom Rack is my best friend.
You can click the image for their full return policy.
What caught my eye in the home department
I have linked it all in the LikeToKnow.it app and you can access it here! Make sure you love the items that you want to come back and shop for the fastest access once you are able to shop.
I am looking for pillows for my master bedroom. I love the white with the cross pattern and the size options. I’m excited about the white bath rug. This could go in anyone’s bathroom and the price is great!
The grey towel set is a pretty good deal and the quality will be stellar.
The pink blanket comes in multiple colors. Key thing here is that it is a Barefoot dreams blanket. It’s top knotch quality and sooooooo soft.
I don’t need bedding but this one caught my eye and the pillows are on sale as well.