Friday, January 25, 2008

New Stuff We Love!

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Method Stainless Steel Cleaner
It is a non toxic and biogradable product
It is naturally derived and there is no animal testing

I have stainless steel appliances in my kitchen, I love the look of stainless steel, I llove it a lot more with it is clean.. And if you have or every have had stainless steel appliances you know that keeping it clean and streak free is not an easy task. I have tried a couple products and they do work. But I saw this product at Giant Eagle recently and thought I'd give it a try. It would be great to find a good cleaner that was also environmentally friendly. This product meets both those requirements.
It is easy to use, leaves your stainless steel clean and protected.
When you see it in the store the next time you are wondering the cleaning isle, remember it gets a definite Mom Squad seal of approval seal.


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Recipe of the Week

Chicken Breasts with Artichokes and Mushrooms



2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts
Onion powder to taste
Paprika to taste
Salt and pepper to taste
Nonstick cooking spray
1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced
1 bunch green onions (scallions), chopped
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons margarine
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2/3 cup fat-free canned chicken broth
3 tablespoons sherry

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Season the chicken heavily with the onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Place chicken in a 3-quart casserole dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Place the artichoke hearts around the chicken.

In a medium nonstick skillet, saute the mushrooms, green onions and garlic until tender. Place the mushroom mixture on top of the chicken. In the same skillet, melt the margarine and add the flour, stirring. Gradually add the chicken broth and sherry, cooking until smooth and the sauce comes to a boil. Pour the sauce over all in the casserole. Bake, covered, for 1 hour. Remove the cover, and continue baking for 15 minutes to brown the chicken. Serve.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Cell Phone Challenges-Tips to Help Parents!

Cell phones among teenagers and tweens are hotter than ever. It was one of the most popular items for Christmas and the trends show, it's not slowing down. The National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign has some great ideas on how to keep "cell phone peace" among the family! Check out these tips to curb cell phone misuse.


1. Set ground rules with your teens about who can have their cell phone number and what to do when they receive an incoming call or message from someone they don’t know. If they break the rules, consider taking the phone away for a period of time.

2. Know what the cell phone rules are at your teen’s school and enforce them with your teen. Are they banned? Can they be used between classes?

3. Negotiate an agreement with your teen that if they use more than a certain number of cell phone minutes (which includes text messages), they have to pay for the overages. If this is written and you both sign it then you are both protected from pleading, “I forgot.”

4. Let your teen know that, on occasion, you’ll be checking the text message outbox (review your cell phone manual for instructions on how to do that), and the monthly bill for any unknown incoming and outgoing numbers. It won’t seem like an invasion of privacy if you state upfront that you’ll be monitoring intermittently.

5. Make sure you are well-versed in net lingo and are capable of interpreting their text messages and abbreviations to keep them safe.

6. Make sure your teen is completely aware of safety issues, like NEVER driving and using the cell phone at the same time. Remind them often and be a good role model yourself.

Friday, January 04, 2008

Product Test: Shark Steam Mop!

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Click here to see the Shark Steam Mop in action! Also find out if this cleaning product is worth the $80 price tag.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqLgr4LhBNQ

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Super Savings in January!

The new year is here! If you resolved to spend less in 2008 than we are here to help! Cosumer Reports "Money Advisor" is out with their January savings calendar. It's a handy list of what's on sale this month:

*Bedding
*Bikes
*CDs and DVDs
*Cookware
*Linens
*Swimwear
*Winter Clothing

If you've gone to any store (or website for that matter) you already know it is clearance time galore on many of these items!

*Another helpful hint: remember the rule of 24. If you see something at the store you really want (but don't necessarily need) go home and consider it for 24 hours. If you are still interested in that item the next day, you know it's the real deal. On the other hand, you may be glad you didn't go for the impulse buy after all. Check out their website too. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/index.htm