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Pandora Bracelet Charm Giveaway

How would you like to win a charm of your choosing, valued up to $65? Read to the end for a very special Pandora Bracelet Charm giveaway!

Pandora Bracelet Charm Giveaway

*Many thanks to Pandora Mall of America for sponsoring this post. All opinions are mine.*

Pandora Bracelet Charm Giveaway

I’ve always liked bracelets and charm bracelets have captivated my imagination for a long time. Until Pandora Mall of America sent me a charm and bracelet recently, though, I haven’t had one. Now, it’s safe to say I’m hooked.

Pandora Charm Bracelet

And the best part is, now anytime a family member asks for a gift idea, I can give them one! Pandora charms are the perfect idea – they’re not that expensive and they’re fun. My charm bracelet looks a little lonely with only one charm and I see plenty of charms I would love to have in the Pandora Be Charming Gift Guide!

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Pandora Mall of America sent me the Vintage Night Sky Charm for this post. I chose it because one of the things I love most about living in Iowa is the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. This charm reminds of the beautiful Iowa sky! Next, I think I would like to add the Germany Heart Flag Charm and also the Eiffel Tower Charm. I grew up in Germany and a visit to Paris a few years ago with my husband is one of my top three all time favorite married getaways. I also love the Suitcase Charm and my list goes on and on. ūüėÄ

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How would you like to win a new charm for your bracelet? To enter, just use the Rafflecopter form below! Contest ends at midnight on Jan 2, 2017. SimplifyLiveLove is not responsible for shipping.

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Favorite Gift Ideas for the Overworked Mom {And MORE Giveaways!}

¬†Looking for more holiday gift ideas? Here’s a list of my favorite gift ideas for the overworked mom. If you know any overworked moms or need gift ideas to make any woman’s life easier, use this list as inspiration! Plus, check out the giveaways sprinkled throughout this post! I’m giving away a few of these items in this list too.

Favorite Gift Ideas for the Overworked Mom

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Favorite Gift Ideas for the Overworked Mom {And MORE Giveaways!}

Gifts for Calm & Zen

Calm and zen moms are much nicer moms than their more harried counterparts. The first part of my list of items for the overworked mom are things that help calm and comfort.

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Now Foods Ultrasonic Real Bamboo Diffuser Р$39.53

I love essential oils and this diffuser is really nice. Essential oils are fabulous for calm and healing. If you don’t have a diffuser, this is a really pretty one. It’s also BPA-free and uses a high-frequency ultrasonic electrical vibrations to create an ultra-fine mist. Because it¬†doesn’t utilize heat, the essential oil integrity and holistic properties are kept pure.

Essential Oils Blend Pack РPurifying, Sleep, Calming, Focusing and Romance Р$48.95

This has 5 great blends put into one set and we include a free Carlson jute bag to store them in. Includes Peaceful Sleep, Clear the Air, Mental Focus, Peace and Harmony, and Naturally Loveable. Clear the Air purifying blend has a fresh mint aroma, Peaceful Sleep is floral citrus, Mental Focus is minty citrus with wintergreen, Peace and Harmony is minty floral herb and Naturally Loveable has a sweet floral, citrus aroma.

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah Р$16.80

Every overworked mom needs a good book to read! I heard an interview on Fresh Air with Trevor Noah and it sounds like a really great book. I never knew what an interesting man he is, but I know I enjoy his comedy on TV. I would love to read his book. Plus, Amazon has a $10 off $25 book purchase! Use code HOLIDAYBOOK on any physical book purchases on Amazon through Monday, Nov. 28 to use this code!

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Wente Wine – price varies

Of course, wine is one of my most favorite gifts – it’s a great calming gift for the overworked mom. I recently tried out Wente Wines and really enjoyed the Southern Hills Cabernet. Head over here and order me a case. ūüėÄ Shipping is only $9.99 if you buy 12 bottles.

Gifts for the House & Kitchen

A clean home and homemade meals make the overworked mom super happy. I can tell you that from experience. Here are a few items that make cleaning and cooking easier. ūüôā

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O-Cedar Microfiber Steam Mop Р$64.99

¬†If you have hard floors and don’t have a steam mop, you need one – it’s great choice for all sealed hard floor surfaces including tile, wood, vinyl and laminate.. This steam mop is my sanity keeper as it kills bacteria without any cleaning chemicals (tested on E.Coli bacterium). I love how easy it is to use and what a nice job it does on my tile floors. Plus the kids enjoy using it too so that’s a win-win! And I’m giving one a way, so make sure you read to the end!

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Narrow Shape Measuring Spoons for Dry and Liquid Ingredients Р$8.95

A¬†huge sanity keeper in my kitchen is my set of narrow measuring spoons. I hate it when my measure spoon won’t fit in my spice jars, and I don’t have to worry about that with these at all! Every overworked mom needs a set of measuring spoons that actually fit in the containers!!

EatSmart Precision Pro Digital Food Thermometer – $14.95

It’s always a lovely boost to my sanity when someone else cooks dinner, so how about helping your husband get right on that job with this food thermometer? It’s great for grilling and makes a perfect stocking stuffer too.

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American Girl Williams Sonoma Collection – Cook Book & Pancake Making Set – prices vary

If you’ve got girls who would also like to help you in the kitchen, get this fun cookbook, pancake making set, and super cute spatulas! I’m loving these American Girl and William Sonoma gift sets. Anything that encourages someone besides me to cook at my home is amazing! My girls are huge American Girl fans and I know these sets will be a fun surprise for them. By the way, spend $150 through 11/27 and get $15 off your order! Details here.

Fun Tech Gifts

Every overworked mom needs a little something fun to play around with. The items in this list are things I have or would love to have. Techy items aren’t just for kids and husbands. Moms like them too!

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HP Sprocket Р$129.99

Have you seen the HP Sprocket? It prints super cute 2″ x 3″ pictures right from your smart phone and best of all?? NO INK NEEDED!! This might be one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. ¬†You can buy it on Amazon!

ZINK paper for the HP Sprocket – $9.99

This paper makes¬†printable stickers! Use this paper in your HP Sprocket, peel off the back, and your photos become instant stickers. I love these little 2×3″ pictures.¬†

 

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HP 15 Рin exclusive colors from QVC.com

(QVC is a service mark of ER Marks, Inc. The QVC.com domain name is registered to QVC, Inc.)

Score a killer deal on a powered-up HP laptop during QVC‚Äôs Best Black Friday‚ĄĘ Sale weekend! The HP 15 Notebook comes with Windows 10 Home, 2TB hard drive, high-definition display, AMD Radeon R5 graphics, HP TrueVision HD Camera, DTS Studio sound and much more. Best of all, HP has partnered with QVC to offer two exclusive colors: minty green and soft lilac, and will feature this laptop at the lowest price of the season!

Beauty Products!

All overworked moms need something to make them feel pretty. Or, if you’re anything like me and my family, you’ve got older kids stealing your beauty products, so maybe adding a few of these items to your gift list will make your life easier too! Lately, I’ve gotten really sick of having to track down my blow dryer because my 12 year ran off with it AGAIN!

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HSI Professional Ceramic Hair Dryer

The Dryonizer 2200 professional hairstyling blow dryer features a 1600 watt ionic ceramic HeatBalance¬ģ motor. It produces consistent heat and air pressure and locks in moisture as it breaks down water molecules. It’s lightweight and quiet and it dries my hair really quickly. ¬†I’ve got one to give away in this post too! You can buy one here for ¬†70% off with code BlackFriday through Nov 28! Or, enter to win one, too!¬†http://shopsharenetwork.go2cloud.org/SH2p
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Finally, how about a few organic beauty products from JUICE BEAUTY!

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I’m excited to offer a giveaway to a few Juice Beauty products too, because I just love what this company stands for. So many US cosmetic companies are shrouded in secrecy and use harmful chemicals without proper disclosure.¬†Juice Beauty‚Äôs goal is be¬†transparent and use certified organic ingredients. It’s a very different company motto compared to the conventional, synthetic chemical-laden beauty brands.

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Since our skin can absorb up to 60% of what is placed on it, Juice Beauty takes every precaution necessary to reduce the risk that toxins from pesticides might contaminate our bodies, our children‚Äôs bodies, and ocean habitats.¬†They purchase the majority of ingredients from local West Coast USDA Certified Organic farms to monitor the quality and limit fuel waste. An many of their products are manufactured with solar power. I’m loving their lip pencils and mascara and I’m giving away one set of Anti-Wrinkle Treatment with three awesome, full sized products including an Anti-Wrinkle Booster Serum, and Antioxidant Serum, and an Anti-Wrinkle Eye Treatment too!

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And that’s it. My long list of gift ideas designed to give some peace, zen, and happiness to the overworked mom. What would you add to this list?¬†

Favorite Gift Ideas for the Overworked Mom

An Afternoon at Sarasota Bayfront Park Florida

I recently spent an afternoon at the Sarasota Bayfront Park with great friends thanks. Sarasota Bayfront Park is a fun afternoon destination with your family, or on your own.

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An Afternoon at Sarasota Bayfront Park

Many thanks to #DriveMitsubishi who loaned me a 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage so I could get to Sarasota to see my lovely friends!

From tiki bars to playgrounds, Sarasota Bayfront Park is a lot of fun to visit. It’s got great views of the city, million dollar yachts to drool over and dream about, and a fun lunch destination. Almost every time we go to Sarasota, we spent an hour or more hanging out at this park.

Sarasota Marina at Bayfront Park

Bayfront Park is a great place to oogle the yachts at the Marina. There are always some for sale and it’s fun to guess how much they might cost and day dream about what we could do if we were rich enough to actually own one.

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It’s also a great place to hunt for sea-life creatures. There’s always something fun to see – a school of fish, fun shells, and birds.

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The kids love to walk on the edge which makes me a little nervous. I walked right off a pier when I was 9 or 10 and plunged into the North Sea between Germany and Denmark because I wanted a better look at the yacht at the end. Luckily, a grown-up friend was nearby and he was able to yank me out after jumping in to save me. I still get a little worked up over that memory.

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The sailboats are beautiful to watch and it’s relaxing to walk around the loop looking at the fountains and sculptures. The bronze¬†“Olympic Wannabees” Sculpture and Dolphin Fountain are so pretty. There’s also a fun park for the kids to play on.

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No kid can stay out of the fun trees. ūüôā They are irresistible.

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And of course, I highly recommend heading to this park when you’re hungry. O’Leary’s Tiki Bar is the perfect spot to grab a drink and a bite to eat. We enjoyed listening to live music and watching the water. Super fun!

Unconditional Surrender Sculpture

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Not directly at Bayfront Park, but nearby, is the “Unconditional Surrender Sculpture – which is definitely something you’ll want to gawk at for a few minutes if you find yourself in Sarasota. ¬†I’m sure you recognize it, right?!

#DriveMitsubishi

One of the really fun things about being a blogger is the neat opportunities I get! To make this trip possible, I was excited to test drive the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage. Since it’s a compact car, it wouldn’t work well for my large 6 person family, but it was a lot of fun to drive from Orlando to Bradenton so I could make this trip. My kids and husband were very jealous that I got to visit with our family friends for a quick visit. It’s not often that entire families like each other as well as we all do, but in this case everyone likes everyone. All eight kids and four adults get along famously. And I’m so thankful that Drive Mitsubishi made our quick visit possible.

The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

#DriveMitsubishi Sarasota Bayfront

  • Starting at $12,995, the 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage is an amazingly affordable new car! An¬†average of 40 mpg on the highway¬†make it very fuel efficient for a non-hybrid vehicle and affordable to drive as well as buy.

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  • The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage has received multiple awards in the mini-compact class: ‚ÄúBest All-Around Performance‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúBest Environmental Performance,‚ÄĚ and provides excellent safety features, a great amount space for passengers, and a lot of cargo space in the back. And I can tell you from experience that the cell phone charger is located in the glove box. ūüôā

The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

Many thanks to #DriveMitsubishi and our great friends for a fun day wandering around Sarasota Bayfront Park. It was quite a nice change enjoying the day with someone else’s kids, instead of my own. If you’re heading to Sarasota, make sure to head out to the Bayfront Park for an entertaining afternoon.

Sarasota Bayfront Park & Marina - fun place to spend the afternoon with your family or on your on.

Instant Pot Beef Roast with Rigatoni – Hearty & Delicious!

Looking for hearty Instant Pot recipes to add to your dinner line-up? This Instant Pot Beef Roast with Rigatoni ¬†is sure to be a keeper! Easy to make and impressive, it’s a crowd pleaser for all ages. And an active prep time of only 20 minutes gets you in and out of the kitchen in a jiffy!

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Instant Pot Beef Roast with Rigatoni – Hearty & Delicious

I just jumped on the Instant Pot bandwagon and I’m hooked! I have to admit, this is the first meal I made in my Instant Pot and I was a little worried. But let me tell you, if you can make¬†Beef with Rigatoni and it turns out like this, anything’s possible in the Instant Pot.¬†I am so excited to keep playing with this machine!
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Winter¬†is on the way! In my rural area, the corn has fired and the beans are changing colors. The weather is getting a little cooler, and the gardening is slowing down. I’m looking forward to hearty, filling, and warm dishes: meals that look like they took forever to prepare, but didn’t really. This recipe is one such meal.¬†And even better, when you make it in an Instant Pot, you can do everything in this one machine.¬†From sauteing, to searing, to¬†pressure cooking the whole shebang! Since you dirty fewer pots and pans, that means quick clean up for you!

The inspiration for this recipe came from Ragu’s recipe collection. They have a very similar version made in the slow cooker. Since I just got my Instant Pot, I wanted to see if I could use that! Turns out, I did! And you will love it.

Let’s get started on this Instant Pot Beef Roast with Rigatoni !

To make this recipe, first prep all the veggies and slice your pot roast into four chucks. Saute the onions and garlic right in the Instant Pot – using the Saute feature. You may want to punch up the heat a little to get the temperature up to a high enough heat. Saute the onions and garlic in avocado oil just until their juices release and they are nice and flavorful, then remove to a bowl.

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Now, add a little more avocado oil ¬†(it has a high smoke point and is perfect for searing and sauting – DON’T use olive oil which has a low smoke point) to the Instant Pot. Season the meat with salt, pepper, and dried oregano, and then sear quickly on all sides. You may need to do this in batches as you don’t want to crowd the meat. Remove the meat to a bowl and turn off the Instant Pot.

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Now you’re ready to put everything back in the Instant Pot and turn on the pressure cooker! Add the carrots and celery, onions and garlic, and top with meat. Pour on the wine, water, and Ragu. Add a 1/2 – 1 tsp¬†salt, depending on your tastes.

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Put the lid on the Instant Pot, make sure the steam release handle on the top of the lid points to SEALING and the lid is locked in place. You could probably use the MEAT/STEW function to cook this recipe, but I chose to use MANUAL and cook for 40 minutes. It was the perfect time! The meat shredded very easily and everything was beautifully cooked.

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If you’ve never used an Instant Pot before, you should know that the machine does take some time to come to pressure. During that time you’ll hear little pops and an occasional whistle. Also, the machine will say ON. When it reaches the appropriate pressure, which can take at least TEN MINUTES, the countdown will start and you will know how much time the dish has left to cook.

When the time is up, the Instant Pot will switch to warm mode. I let mine site for a few  minutes and then released the pressure by turning the steam release handle to VENTING. Once all of the steam is released, you can unlock the lid and behold your beautiful meal!

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The last thing you need to do is remove the meat from the pot and shred it with two forks. Then return the meat to the sauce, give it a good stir, and serve it on rigatoni that you cooked separately.

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Don’t have an Instant Pot? You can still make this¬†Beef with Rigatoni!

You can find a very similar recipe adapted for the slow cooker on the¬†Ragu website! Head¬†over here¬†and grab it. By the way, Ragu’s website is really nice and full of simple yet delicious recipes that will be on your table in a jiffy! I really recommend heading over there to check out all of the deliciousness and quick meal ideas!

Delicious Beef with Rigatoni, on your plate in a jiffy if you use an Instant Pot!

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One thing I really love about this recipe, besides the fact that it’s delicious and quick to prep, is that my kids love it! It’s always nice to find recipes that the whole family likes. I get really tired of hearing my kids moan and groan about my cooking so I’m glad they like this recipe!

Instant Pot Beef Roast with Rigatoni

Yields 8

Beef with Rigatoni - Hearty & Delicious Instant Pot Meal

Hearty and filling meal with a quick prep time.

20 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tbs avocado oil (or other oil with a high smoke point)
  • 2 pound boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed of excess fat and silverskin, cut into 4 large pieces
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 jar RAG√ö¬ģ Homestyle Thick & Hearty Roasted Garlic Sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup dry red wine (or beef broth if desired)
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1 pound rigatoni pasta, cooked
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsley

Instructions

  1. Using your Instant Pot, or other electronic pressure cooker, heat 1 tbs avocado oil and saute the onions and garlic for 1-2 minutes (using the saute function on the Instant Pot), until they release juices and turn fragrant.
  2. Remove onions and garlic from Instant Pot, and add 1 more tbs avocado oil.
  3. Season beef chunks with salt, pepper, and oregano and sear it in batches. Remove beef from Instant Pot.
  4. Now put all veggies in the Instant Pot and top with beef. Pour the water, wine (or beef broth if you prefer), and the Ragu Sauce over the meat. Add more salt to taste (1/2 -1 tsp).
  5. Seal the Instant Pot. Make sure the steam release handle is pointed to sealing, select the Manual function key, and punch in 40 minutes.
  6. Note: it can take 10 or more minutes for the Instant Pot to come up to correct pressure, so be patient. When it's at the right pressure, the display will start counting down and you can track how long the food has to cook.
  7. When the pressure cooking time is finished, let the machine sit for a few minutes, then release the pressure by turning the steam release handle on the lid to venting and wait for all steam to release.
  8. Once the steam is finished, open the lid, and remove the meat.
  9. Shred meat with two forks and return to pot. Give the sauce a good stir.
  10. Serve over cooked noodles and enjoy!
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Looking for more healthy, kid friendly meals on the double? Try these posts:

Instant Pot Chicken & Rice

Delicious & Easy Lasagna Soup

One Skillet Brats & Potatoes

Kid Approved Italian Stuffed Peppers

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What’s your favorite thing to make in your Instant Pot? I’d love to hear!