You should know that I’m a big fan of cooking. I love to make things from scratch for my family and friends.
But you should also know, that sometimes, I’m just too busy or it’s just too much.
Last holiday season, cooking a huge dinner in my kitchen took multiple days and a lot of coordination and help. This year, we want to make it a little easier on everyone.
When Fresh and Easy asked me if I wanted to try their Holiday Box and share it with my readers, I jumped at the chance! Their food is always good and of course it’s Fresh and Easy!!
For the holiday box, customers can choose between a turkey breast, ham, or prime rib. I went for the prime rib.
It was super easy to cook and was ready in just one hour using my oven. And since most of it was cooked in the trays they came in, less mess to clean up!
The timing was perfect because my in-laws came to town for Marco’s birthday. It was a resounding hit! Everyone loved the food. Even the kids. And it was more than enough for all 10 of us even though the box serves 6-8. It includes side dishes of your choice and a free pumpkin pie! You can order yours at http://freshandeasy.com/holidaymeals for under $65.
Fresh and Easy also gave me a $50 to share with one lucky reader. Just post a comment with your favorite Thanksgiving dish and I’ll randomly choose one winner. You have until 11:59pm on Tuesday, Nov 19. (the gift card can be used in store only)
Fresh and Easy provided me with the holiday box to try out and share. All opinions are my own. Thanks for reading!
Over the past few years, I’ve become accustomed to being a Hollywood mom. And learning things like Boom Mike, Roll, Speed, and Check the Gate. And trying not to be a huge dork around the famous people. (still learning that one)
Today I got to be more than a baby wrangler.
It was so much fun!
I have to admit, I felt self-conscious about doing it. The same kind of feeling that kept me from going to my 20 year high school reunion. I hate that I’m carrying all this extra weight. And deciding what to wear today was about to drive me over the edge. But I’m so glad I got it together.
Because you know what? It’s the real me. This is who I am. This body bore four beautiful children. And I may not be in the best shape of my life. But I’m having the time of my life!
So I’m telling that inner negative bitch to shut up once again. Today was awesome and I’m so excited to share it with you! I’ll keep you posted!
Thank you Playtex Baby for the opportunity!
And now it’s time to do something more like Sarita.
Finding a babysitter is a scary thing. Personally, we’ve only used family for these things in the past. Or the daughters of close friends. Sometimes, the stars do not line up, and we have to pass on plans or appointments because no one is available.
Hiring a complete stranger? Not likely. And ever ask friends for babysitter recommendations? Sure, that works, unless that sitter is already booked for them. Or maybe they just don’t want to say because they don’t want to take the chance that you’ll book the sitter when they need them. Ha! In actuality, it’s always one of those things that you don’t think about until you’re in a bind.
Enter Urban Sitter.
It’s easy. You can use your social networks to connect with other parents in your area who recommend sitters. They even have a mobile app. You can set search criteria to what you want, when you want, and decide how much you’re willing to pay.
I recently attended an luncheon at the Tin Roof in Manhattan Beach, hosted by MomsLA and Urban Sitter. I met some lovely women who babysit, students from Loyola Marymount (Go Lions!), a mom with grown children, a screenwriter, and a full time nanny. Urban Sitter provides a network of these types of sitters that you can interview ahead of time and get recommendations from others.
And, you can even set up payment using your credit card through the site, so you aren’t scrambling to make sure you have cash on hand when the sitter comes. I know this will come in handy for us. I’ve already started using the site looking for a “parent helper” for the next time we have to take the twins for their tv job.
More good details about Urban Sitter:
• Syncs with social networks to show you babysitters personally recommended (used and reviewed) by your friends and local parents in your mother’s group, child’s school, sports team, etc. The power of social recommendations is the “magic” of the site.
• Search for sitters by the exact date & time you need them, then sort your results by filters including background check, hourly rate, and experience.
• Badges on sitter profiles indicate average response time to job requests, number of ‘repeat families’ who have booked them multiple times through the site, and if they accept credit cards for payment.
• You can also post a job for last minute help or recurring needs like Monday/Wednesday/Friday sitter or even full time nanny. Just write a description of your job and we’ll let you know when sitters express interest. You can also sort your list of candidates by the same filters as in a search and easily book interviews.
• Sitters keep their schedules online, so parents can book jobs and interviews for a specific date/time — instantly at the click of a button!
• Stay organized with handy email reminders and access to your babysitter bookings.
• Book babysitters on-the-go — quickly and conveniently with the UrbanSitter iPhone app (also free download).
Give it a try. UrbanSitter is running a sweepstakes and the prize is a year of babysitting for weekly date nights. (Or time for you!) Click here to enter!
“This is a sponsored post for MomsLA and Urban Sitter. However, all opinions expressed are my own.”
My oldest is still a couple years away from needing to make a decision about the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination. But it’s something I’ve thought about since it first came on the market.
My first reaction was, no. There was a lot of talk about the vaccine being unnecessary. And kids being “over-vaccinated.” I followed the hype.
Since then, I’ve learned more about HPV. And about cervical cancer which can result from it. And to be honest, I fear that more than I fear getting a vaccination. If I could go back in time and be vaccinated myself I would do it.
Because there is nothing I fear more than not being able to see my kids grow up. And to be able to prevent getting cervical cancer. Every pap brings a bit of anxiety until I know the results are clear.
The HPV vaccine protects against the types of HPV that cause most cervical cancers. It’s given in three doses over a 6 month period to boys and girls starting at 11-12 years old. If I vaccinate my kids from whooping cough and chicken pox, which I have. Why wouldn’t I vaccinate my girls for something that could prevent HPV? I think I’ve made up my mind.
Is this something you’ve thought about?
You can find out more information from the Centers for Disease Control:
Preteens and Teen Vaccines
This is a sponsored post for which I will receive compensation. My words and opinion on the matter are my own.