9/30/14

Product Review Results: Fresh Step® Lightweight Extreme Cat Litter

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh Step Lightweight Extreme Litter for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
A few weeks ago I shared with you my initial experience purchasing the new Fresh Step® Lightweight Extreme Cat Litter, available at Target

. We have been using it for going on my second week now and I will be honest I am pretty shocked by the results!





I went into this process mostly to see if the 30% lighter Cat Litter would be easier on my lower back when I lifted, carried, and poured it.  I have been diagnosed fairly recently with a degenerative condition in my lower spine, and  this new litter definitely does a great job of keeping my back from overexerting, and I love it for that reason.




But an I tell you the two things that surprised me the most?

1) The amazing odor control! I had no idea how much better things could be around here!  

2) The decrease in cat litter being tracked all through the house as the cats exit the litter boxes.



My previous cat litter was an organic natural based product that I was quite happy with. I thought the odor control was really good, but it is nothing in comparison to the fantastic odor control I have now!  Also, I  did have alot of sweeping to do everyday as my old product was leaving a alot of litter all over my hardwood floors, but with it's clumping technology, I have found it reduces the amount of loose litter being tracked out of the box.



In all honesty, I fully expected to give the new Fresh Step® Lightweight Extreme Cat litter a nice try and then switch back... Wrong! I will be staying with this wonderful product, they truly have a new convert!



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9/28/14

Chicken & Stuffing Casserole

Chicken & Stuffing Casserole is not only one of my families only favorite casseroles, I find it the perfect meal to assemble in smaller quantities for serving one or two people. If you are someone who packages up meals for an elderly parent, this one is perfect. Everything is precooked, so storing in the freezer and then just reheating is all they need to do for a warm and comforting meal.

It is super easy to make using a precooked rotisserie chicken or leftover Turkey from a holiday meal. In fact when turkey's go on sale for Thanksgiving, I recommend buying an extra one, cooking it down and using the meat from it for meals such as this for either your own freezer meals or for making for someone in need.

Jan's Tip: I love using leftover gravy, green beans, stuffing , and turkey after Thanksgiving, but using a store bought rotisserie chicken, cream of chicken soup, a can of green beans and a box of store bought stuffing mix (or make your own using my master mix!) will work JUST FINE!
For making as smaller meals for 1-2 people for storing in their freezer, make this dish into 2 freezer safe (and microwave safe) containers, so they can just go straight from freezer to microwave.

Chicken and Stuffing Casserole

Ingredients:
2 cups cooked and diced chicken or turkey
1 1/2 cups Chicken/Turkey Gravy or 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
1(15 oz.) can green beans
1 pkg. (or make your own) Stuffing mix


Directions:
In a casserole dish mix together the chicken with the gravy (or cr. of chicken soup).
Drain the green beans and layer on top of Chicken Mixture.
Make stuffing according to package directions and layer on top of green beans.

To Heat and Eat right away:
Heat stuffing in 350° oven or in microwave till heated through and bubbly warm.

To Freeze for later:
Seal the freezer container with lid.
Label and mark heating instructions if needed
Store in freezer and use within 2 months.

To reheat from freezer:
This dish is precooked so it can be reheated either straight from frozen or thawed prior to heating. Heat either in microwave till heated through or in 350° Oven. Times will vary depending on individual ovens.

9/26/14

A Few Changes Over at Tip Garden!

If you haven't been over to visit me over here at Tip Garden, I've made a few changes! I finally have my recipes divided up into a LOT more categories! This will make it so much easier for you to find exactly what you need when you come over! I hope you will stop by and take a look!

If you have suggestions or recipe categories you'd like to see, let me know!

I have lots of seasonal and holiday recipes and crafts coming up, so I hope you'll stop over for a visit!

(And I must thank, loyal reader Colleen, for letting me pick her brain for how to do the recipe categories!) I truly do value all my readers insights and love feedback and making new friends! You guys are the best!


Happy Fall Ya'll!
Jan


9/23/14

How to Make Diaper Babies

Need to dress up a simple baby shower gift of a package of diapers?  Make theses cute diaper babies in just minutes. You can dress up a small basket but with almost no effort! Plus I got everything at the dollar store! So you are spending next to nothing!



No more plopping a pack of diapers in a gift bag! This is almost as quick and easy and you will wow everyone who sees it! (Don't tell them it only took you a few minutes to throw together.)



Here's how.

Supplies:
Diapers
Wash Cloths (one for each diaper baby)
baby socks (one for each diaper baby)
rubber bands (one for each diaper baby)
Safety pin (one for each diaper baby)
Sharpie Marker

How to:

Roll up diaper from the waistband down to the bottom.

Secure with a rubber band near top of one end.

Swaddle the lower 2/3rds of the diaper roll with the wash cloth and secure with a safety pin.




Place cuffed (or roll a cuff yourself) baby sock over rubberband to create a small hat

Draw "eyes" I like to do dots, dashes, and "U" shapes, to mix it up!



Place in basket with diapers, wipes, and other basket fillers.



9/22/14

Product Review: Fresh Step® Lightweight Extreme Cat Litter

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh Step Lightweight Extreme Litter for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
 Fresh Step ® Lightweight Extreme Litter and Target  asked me to give this new cat litter a try. We have 2 cats and picking a great cat litter for odor control is crucial in this small house!

Now that we are empty nesters and our children attend college 2000 miles from home, our cats, George, and Ty-Ty provide a lot of our entertainment now, and help the house not feel so empty.  Since the kids are gone and the cats don't have as many people to play with them, I recently put a bird feeder right outside their favorite window and they have loved watching the birds. We call it cat tv!

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The  reason I accepted the challenge to try out the new lightweight  litter available at Target, is that in the past year and a half I have been diagnosed with a degenerative disease in my spine. This has made lifting heavy items a big no no for me, so I was anxious to see if Fresh Step® new lightweight extreme litter  will have both the quality I am used to, AND be a bit easier on my back.


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My trip to Target was a quick one, because they have the display in a very easy to find location, right on the end cap of their pet section. Besides the scale on the display showing the 30% lighter litter, I liked that the bottom shelf had the original cat litter so that when I picked up the lightweight extreme litter you know I had to also pick up the original to see for myself if there was a difference. Of course the difference in weight was huge! It was easy to carry and load in my cart, and  I can't wait to see how much easier it will be to pour it when I change out the litter this week!




I'll be posting next week what these two furballs think of the new litter! Cross your fingers!

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