Under Pressure: Cooking with a Pressure Cooker

Nancy explains how the pressure cooker has changed the way she cooks dinner and how it helps her get great meals to the table while still driving kids to music and taekwondo lessons.  Learn about the new electric pressure cookers and how they can make dinner prep easier and faster.

Nancy likes the Cuisinart electric pressure cooker available at Costco.

Nancy’s EASY Frozen Chicken Dinner

Ingredients:
frozen chicken thighs (you can do breasts if you prefer)
1 cup Kirkland Organic Salsa from Costco
1/2 cup water

Place frozen chicken thighs in pressure cooker, then add water and top with Kirkland Organic Salsa. Cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.  You can use the quick release method.  Remove the chicken and keep warm.

To make the pan sauce, set the pressure cooker to brown and watch the sauce until it reduces.  Stir occasionally.  This should take 5-7 minutes and makes a healthy and delicious sauce.  If desired, you can add sliced zucchini to make the sauce into a side dish.

 

NOTE: Still Nancy’s favorite fast meal machine.  Dinner Sunday night and the kids rave about it still–5 years later.

Our Top Picks

We discuss our top picks for products and stores and more.  Here are the links to the products discussed:

Note: This show was recorded before the holidays.  We did not get it posted.  Sorry that some of the references are pre-Christmas.  The products are still amazing and some of the same deals can be had.

Technology To Help Find Lost Kids

We talk to Spencer Behrend, Founder and CEO if KiLife about upcoming technology he and his wife envisioned after losing their child during a parade.  Kiband is more than bluetooth tag for your child.  It uses smart alerts to let you and your child know when your child has moved away from your zone of comfort and allows your child to learn to stay in the zone.  It also has advanced features to warn you if your child enters the water.  This product is so evolutionary that we had to talk about it even though it isn’t even out in the market yet.   We want you to learn about it so you can be prepared when this great product is released.

Listen to Spencer and learn about the Kiband and how to develop an idea you have into a product. If you have ever had an idea and thought, “If I could find that product, I would buy it,” you may have a new product in the making.

Kiband

Dreams Come True in an Awesome Way

DallasHave a dream you want to realize?  Want to teach your kids to dream big? We talk with Dallas Clayton, author and dreamer whose book An Awesome World shows kids and adults how to dream big. Learn what it takes to make dreams come true and how Dallas is changing the world.

Check out this video about Dallas.  Dallas has a great book on Thankfulness and a great book on Love you should check out and share with your kids during Thanksgiving and around Valentine’s Day (or any time of the year).  There is even one for the adults.  Check them out!

Lily Mae BagsCheck out the Lilly Mae bags  The 20% discount code is Holiday 2014.  Lilly Mae is owned and run by Stay-at-Home Moms! Support moms everywhere in their dreams!

Disneyland Tips

Hadley and Nancy discuss Hadley’s recent trip to Disneyland and how to make the most of a trip to Disneyland–even if you are not a fan of theme parks or Disneyland.

  1. Know what kind of Disney Family you are (Full On Disney or Casual Disney—do you need your Mickey Fix or Princesses or just some rides—a Cars/traditional family—older/younger kids? Fireworks and Parades shows or No Shows)
  2. Pick your time of year wisely—Disneyland is small so people don’t spread out like in DisneyWorld.  You can check touringplans.com to get an idea of the crowds.
  3. You don’t have to stay on property (we like hotels that have separate kids rooms) Desert Palms also the Marriott is good.
  4. Skip Park Hopper and focus on one park per day but use Fast Passes (there are some new wrinkles you will want to know about so check these out online)
  5. Think about what you will ride before you go and plan out your day (use apps and touringplans.com or RideMax)
  6. Get the Disney PhotoPass+ DVD before you go for $69 and all your photos are taken for you and are yours
  7. Skip the Disney Dining Package (bring your food/eat off hours)
  8. If you have School Aged Kids, look into Disney Youth Education Programs  This was one of our Best experiences in a Disney Park.

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Digital Organization

Before the holidays, learn how to manage your digital life including what types of files to save, where to save them, how to make backups and what tools to use.

  • Dropbox (Nancy’s favorite because photos load from her phone directly on to Dropbox)
  • iCloud
  • Google Drive
  • Microsoft Sky Drive (Windows 8)
  • Hard Drive Backup: LaCie Iomega  You can even make your own personal Cloud.
  • Data Disaster Plan—Send to a relative in a different state
  • If you have multiple copies of the same file on your laptop, invest in a program that finds multiples to get back disk space

Lunch Solutions

LunchWeekFreezerLunch boxes don’t keep your child’s lunch cold enough and you don’t have time in the morning. SOLUTION: Making Lunch on the Weekend and Freezing Them! Nancy explains how she makes fun lunches for the entire week including snacks and fun stuff in an hour or so on the weekend.

Nancy’s Tips to Make a Week of Lunches Ahead of Time and So They Stay Cold:

  1. make all sandwiches at once and freeze them in freezer paper  (if mayo—put in the middle between layers of meat). You can even cut shapes out and freeze them.
  2. bake and freeze cookies or muffins, then take some out everyday
  3. freeze yogurts or applesauce(even pudding freezes fine)
  4. freeze water bottles
  5. freeze cheese sticks so they stay cold
  6. cut up fruits and veggies and put in containers in the fridge
  7. make bags of dry goods that can be added quickly to lunches

MissingPieceWith everything already cut up, frozen and ready, you can just grab things in the morning for your kids!  Making lunches takes seconds this way.

Other things to check out:

PBJ Sushi RollPBJ Sushi–the TOTAL hit at lunch in Elementary and JR High

  1. Roll the bread thin and flat with a rolling pin.
  2. Spread the peanut butter on the bread.
  3. Add a slice of banana and a small amount of jam.
  4. Roll the bread tight (try to keep the jam in the first time you roll so it doesn’t spread further.
  5. Place the sushi rolls in the freezer uncut.
  6. Cut them when you make lunch.

PBJ Shushi

Since you have extra time, some days you can make some fun lunches

AngryBirdsLunch ShaunTheSheep

 

 

Green Cleaning

After a family member’s baby received a diagnosis of liver cancer, Tricia decided to clean her house of all chemicals when the doctor told her family that they should get chemicals out of their lives.  Learn about how Tricia has done this and how the last 4 months have changed her family.

Learn more about Norwex cloths from Tricia  greenwaytolive@gmail.com
See her site or watch this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvKE8dGNqOI

Smart Phone Apps We Love

We discuss the smart phone apps we can’t live without and how they make our lives as moms easier.

Note: We love My Job Chart for its ease of use and now that there is an app, it is even better! Check it out! Now you and your kids have your job charts wherever you have your phone.

Baby Wearing

Shelly and Lindsay discuss various ways to “wear” your baby along with the advantages of each style of wrap.  Lindsay, who has tried them all, explains why some are better than others.

Check out www.wrapyourbaby.com and wwwthebabywearer.com for more information on wraps.

The Hardest Thing about Learning to Ski

The hardest thing about learning to ski is the GROUND! I learned January 2012–the worst snow season in many years so it was very painful. I came home week after week with bruises on my bruises. The pain almost kept me from completing my lessons but I saw all those people having fun and decided to continue.

I don’t subscribe to the “No Pain, No Gain” philosophy and have been looking for ways to lessen the power of the ground.  Of course I have a helmet—that is why I can still string sentences together. But, I recently found a company that creates protective gear for hips, tailbones, and ribs as well as wrists, elbows and knees and it happens to be 4.7 miles away from my house. COOL!

Before my first trip down the mountain, I took a detour to DEMON Sports. They specialize in  “Keeping You from an Early Grave.” Sounds like my kind of place. After chatting with Brent about my painful months on the slopes, here is what I tested today:

  • Demon Flexforce X D3O Women’s Long Pants: long johns on steroids with pads at the hips, thighs, tailbone and knees. They are lightweight and did not feel any heavier than my regular base layer but provided great warmth and protection. They were comfortable on the drive up to the resort and on the lift. Nothing was binding or tight on the way down–I actually forgot I was wearing them. If you are hoping to look svelte on the slopes, they do add a bit to your profile, but that is a small price to pay for protection. Just channel your inner Lindsay Vonn–she doesn’t seem to mind the look of padded thighs.

UPDATE:  I took my first spill today and thanks to the Flexforce Pants, no pain and no bruises!

  • Demon Vest X D3O: protects your back and your inners from attacks by those who can’t stop with stealth back protection technology and padding on the ribs. The belt even helped keep my back warm so my back didn’t tighten up. It was comfortable all day.  I am NOT looking forward to the situation where I will be glad I am wearing this, but I know it will be much less painful than without it.
  • Flexmeter Single Sided Gloves. These gloves have a great range of motion while still having a wrist guard built right in them–no need for a separate piece of equipment and are made to distribute the impact of a fall. Having taken a trip over the front of my mountain bike (broke my elbow) a few years ago, I have been protective of my wrists and arms but worried that wrist guards would impede my range of motion. These don’t. If you already have gloves you love or just want to get wrist guards, Demon also has wrist guards made specifically for ladies. But these are great gloves all around and the wrist guards make them superb!

DEMON Sports has tons of other protective gear for skiing at all price points: protection shorts that could work for other sports, knee pads, shin guards, wrist guards and padded compression shirts.  I’ll be making a trip back to the store. Their protection gear for bikers may even get me back on my mountain bike again. I don’t think their gear for boarders will get me on a long board but that is OK.

Check them out at demonsnow.com. Our listeners and readers get a 25% discount (take25).  They are happy help protect your tuckus.

Ukuleles: The New Cool Instrument

Jason Mrantz plays one, so why can’t you or your child? The Ukulele is not the instrument of large Hawaiian singers anymore (thanks to one very large Hawaiian singer named Iz Kamakawiwoole).  Ryan Taylor of UkulelePlay.com discusses how to select and instrument and how to learn to play.  It is one of the least expensive instruments while still being one of the most fun and interactive instruments.  With ukes starting at $30, there is no excuse not to bring music into your family’s life. Maybe you will all learn to play–the family that ukes together sticks together!

Looking for songs and chord charts or even classes and bootcamps?  Check out Ryan’s site for more information.  UkulelePlay.com

Personal Note:  Alex got his Uke and he LOVES it.  We had issues with him learning chords on the classical guitar, but playing the uke, he has embraced chords and is learning strumming patterns.  It has been a blast.

Making the Holidays Merry and Bright

LaNae Callihan of It’s Written On the Wall shares simple tips to make this holiday season merry and bright. Her ideas are simple to do and her downloads are free and give you the best gifts for neighbors and teachers as well as our favorite Lunchbox Notes.  She is an accomplished artist and has a fabulous eye for simple design.  Check out her blog and see what you can be doing to make your holidays merry and bright!  All you need is a printer, some scissors and a great imagination!

Best Of Part 2

The show continues with the products, services, and sites that Nancy and Shelly have found most useful over 5 years of podcasting.

Best Parenting Book Dr. Andie Weiner More than Saying I Love You. Jayne Clayson

Best Detergent: Quick N Brite is Nancy’s FAVORITE stain remover

Best Family Travel Deal: Disney YES Program

Best Beach/Outdoor Gadget: Sun Smarties Family Cabana Pop-up tent from One Step Ahead

Best Early Learning Program: Rusty and Rosy and was created by Waterford Institute

Best Baby Signing Book: Baby Signing 1, 2, 3s

Best Soap: Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash is Shelly’s favorite soap/ Nancy Loves PureWorks Antibacterial Foam as hand sanitizer, soap and lotion

Best Cold Fighter: Xlear nasal wash

Best Kitchen gadget: Piggy Platter Nancy Loves the Piggy Platter

Best Purse: Lilly May Bag. Check it out at www.lillymaebags.com

Best Baby Bedding: QuickZip Sheets by www.cloudsandstars.com

Best Of Part 1

Shelly and Nancy discuss the best products, services, books, and more that they have discovered over the past 5+ years of podcasting.

Best Parenting Book Dr. Andie Weiner More than Saying I Love You.  Jayne Clayson

Best Detergent: Quick N  Brite is Nancy’s FAVORITE stain remover

Best Family Travel Deal: Disney YES Program

Best Beach/Outdoor Gadget: Sun Smarties Family Cabana Pop-up tent from One Step Ahead

Best Early Learning Program: Rusty and Rosy and was created by Waterford Institute

Best Baby Signing Book: Baby Signing 1, 2, 3s

Best Soap: Angel Baby Shampoo and Body Wash is Shelly’s favorite soap/ Nancy Loves PureWorks Antibacterial Foam as hand sanitizer, soap and lotion

Best Cold Fighter: Xlear nasal wash

Best Kitchen gadget: Piggy Platter Nancy Loves the Piggy Platter

Best Purse:  Lilly May Bag. Check it out at www.lillymaebags.com

Best Baby Bedding: QuickZip Sheets by www.cloudsandstars.com

Under the Influence

We all want our children to make friends and establish good relationships. Friendships can have great and lasting influences; and both good and bad consequences. Learn a tip TODAY on how to teach your children how to make friends, maintain positive interactions and how to cope when relationships go awry. Then, join us September 18  for the Conference Call

Time: 1:00PM EST (CT 12:00PM, MT 11:00 AM, 10:00AM PST) or
9:00PM EST (CT 8:00PM; MT 7:00PM; 6:00PM PST)

To join these informative and interactive workshops, complete the application and once registered, look for additional discounts and bonuses!  Click the Link below or go to http://www.drandie.com/

Click Here to sign up for Proactive Parenting Workshops with Dr Andie

Proactive Learning for Proactive Parents

So much of parenting is reacting to a situation causing stress, uncertainty, and sometimes with undesirable results. Wouldn’t it be nice to be pro-active and know what to do before a problem arises? Dr. Andie Weiner explains how you can get ahead of the curve in your parenting by learning NOW skills to to help you with issues that invariably come up in parenting.  To accommodate parents who want to be proactive, Dr. Andie is offering interactive live workshops for parents.

Dr. Andie invites you to attend her Pro-Active Parenting Workshops as she addresses three hot parental topics. In the privacy and ease of being in your own home, join a small, intimate group of parents that like you are looking to become a better parent.

The workshop opens with a 15-minute overview with Dr. Andie offering three to five easy to implement tools to help parents. Each parent will then have an opportunity to ask one question related to her presentation or a family concern on that subject.

Dr. Andie deals with each of the topics with sensitivity, hands-on experience as a therapist, parent coach, and mom, as well as humor – a must for ALL parents!

Hot Topics for Workshop

Under The Influence:
We all want our children to make friends and establish good relationships. Friendships can have great and lasting influences; and both good and bad consequences. Learn how to teach your children how to make friends, maintain positive interactions and how to cope when relationships go awry.

I Love Me. Who Do You Love?
One of the first and most valuable relationships a child needs to develop is one with themself.  Help your children love and accept themselves from body image to dealing with their imperfections as well as their strengths. This is the best gift any parent can give their child!

Devil on My Shoulder:
Of the 60,000 thoughts we create every day, 80% are negative and untrue. These kinds of thoughts can lead to stress, self-doubt, and undesirable behavior. Learn how to understand these untrue thoughts and help your children “weed them out” to build confidence, make better choices, and increase self-esteem.

The Specifics

Conference call-in for 1 hour and 15 minutes

  • September 18   Under The Influence
  • October 16      I Love Me. Who Do You Love?
  • November 13   Devil On My Shoulder

Time: 1:00PM EST (CT 12:00PM, MT 11:00 AM, 10:00AM PST) or
9:00PM EST (CT 8:00PM; MT 7:00PM; 6:00PM PST)

Cost:

1 workshop    $30.00
2 workshops   $50.00 (save $10.00)
3 workshops   $75.00 (save $15.00)

To join these informative and interactive workshops, complete the application and once registered, look for additional discounts and bonuses!  Click the Link below or go to http://www.drandie.com/

Click Here to sign up for Proactive Parenting Workshops with Dr Andie

Let’s Play Music

Stacey returns and shares her adventures with Let’s Play Music, an innovative music education program for children from 3-7 years old that prepares children to be amazing musicians (Nancy wishes she had found this program years ago).

Watch a Demo Video

Contact Stacey staceyplaysmusic@gmail.com

Job Charts for Digital Natives

Our kids are digital natives and the old job charts with stickers just don’t cut it anymore.  Stacey and Shelly love a FREE online job cart designed to help parents and kids bridge the digital divide and come to a consensus on job charts.  This is one your children will want to use and is so flexible that you can set it up to meet your specific needs.  It emails you when jobs are completed and even allows you to reward kids through online ordering.  Greg Murset, creator of www.myjobchart.com discusses why he created it and we tell you what we think of it!