Tips for Controlling Pet Hair in Your Home

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I live in a fairly large house just me my dog and 2 cats. You would think that keeping it clean would be a piece of cake. I mean I’m a very neat person! Well, you would be so wrong! I feel like my house is always so dirty! There is dog hair on the floor, cat fur balls floating through the air, my bedding is as furry as my pets, and trying to find a seat (good luck! hope you brought a lint roller!)

I’m officially fed up with all the fur in my home! But now I’m one step ahead of the shed! I have taken all of the tips and tricks of the internet, my wise Mom, and all my opinionated friends and put them together for you! 

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Meet Bert & Ernie who you can see have taken over my bed!

1. Keep a lint roller handy. When my house has been recently vacuumed and the animal hair is pretty well managed I use a lint roller for touch ups. For instance, when your parents show up unannounced, you run the lint roller over a few seats and they are animal hair free!

2. Wrap tape around your hand (sticky side out) when your in a pinch and don’t have a lint roller. I have done this at work and home especially when my clothing needs a quick touch up!

3. Window squeegees are super cheap and do a fantastic job getting fur off furniture and carpets. I keep one under my sink and use it to clean the sides of my furniture that are hard to vacuum. 

4. Fabric softener sheets are your best friend. When I’m all done brushing my animals they always have little bits of lose hair stuck in their coats. It drives me nuts because as soon as they walk away they are leaving a trail of hair all over my fresh cleaned floor. So, now when I am all done brushing them I run a fabric softener sheet over them and it pulls most of those lose hair free! 

5. Sweeping and vacuuming on a regular basis is of course a must! I do a quick sweeping almost everyday and I vacuum 2-3 times a week. I find that if I just keep up its never that bad!

6. Bathe your stinky doggies! I brush my dog at least once a week but I also give her a bath about twice a month. I use a deshedding shampoo on her and it works like magic! You can see in the pictures below that even after brushing her the shampoo and bath removed a ton more fur which means less for me to vacuum around the house! 

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7. Brush your pet at least once a week! This is seriously the most important tip. If you keep your pet brushed they will shed less and have a healthier coat. Brushing their fun spreads natural oils from their skin and can help decrease the amount of hair your pet loses. 

For me the key has been to do all of these things on a regular basis. That keeps the pet hair from becoming overwhelming. I find that sweeping my house takes me about 20 minutes if I do it often but if I slack off for a week it takes me almost an hour to contain all the hair! So for me skipping is not an option! 

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What do you do to keep pet hair under control in your home? 

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Coconut Cream Protein Shake

coconut cream protein shake www.sparklesandglue.comAs many of you know I have been on a mission to get healthy! I have slowly been making small changes that have added up and completely changed how I look at my health.

One of the easiest steps have taken is starting everyday with a protein shake. It’s a simple way to ensure that I’m getting a good healthy start to each day and it sets the tone for my gut. Donuts for breakfast tells my mind that lunch will be McDonald’s and dinner will include drive thru tacos and that is not how I want to fill my body. Having a shake fills me up and prepares me for a day of salad, vegetables, good fats, and healthy proteins. 

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This coconut cream protein shake is one of my favorite protein shakes to start the day with…

What You Need

2 scoops vanilla protein powder

2 tablespoons coconut flakes (unsweetened)

1/4 cup coconut milk

1 teaspoon coconut extract

Ice (about 6 cubes)

 

I usually start with the protein power in my ninja so it makes less mess then I add everything else and pulse until it’s blended. If it’s too thick I add a little more milk or water. Some days I want a really thick shake and other days I prefer it to be a little thinner so I can drink it on the go. 

If I know I have a really busy day ahead of me. I will pack 2 scoops of protein powder in my shaker cup then I just have to add water. This way I am not skipping meals because I’m too busy to stop and eat. I don’t make it a habit of having just a shake for multiple meals a day but I find I do better sticking with my healthy goals when I don’t skip meals. Something healthy is better than nothing. 

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What’s your favorite smoothie flavor? 

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Baked Tomato & Egg Bowls

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I’m a huge fan of eggs: scrambled, sunny side up, fried, baked, “dippy”, boiled, but not with a runny white, ICKY! I love that they are full of protein and taste so darn good! I would probably eat eggs everyday if my family would let me.

What You Need
Tomatoes
Eggs (1 for each tomato)
Bacon bits
Shredded cheddar cheese
Green onions
Salt & pepper
Butter
 

Preheat your oven to about 250 degrees and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray Pam.

 

Cut the top 1/8 of the tomato off then use a spoon to clean out the tomato guts and create adorable tomato bowls.

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Salt & pepper each tomato bowl. Occasionally I sprinkle in a little ground red chili powder or Cajun seasonings for additional flavor.

Spoon about ¼ teaspoon of butter into each tomato bowl.

Crack an egg into each tomato bowl and top them off with a little more salt & pepper.

Bake them for about 20-30 minutes then top the cooked eggs with bacon bits, cheese, and green onions.

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I typically cook about 6-8 at a time and we each will eat one for breakfast over about a week. They refrigerate very well. I have thought about freezing them but I’m just not sure they would stand up to freezing, thawing, and reheating (let me know if you try it!)

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You can top these with some many different

things to change the flavor profile.

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and let me know what you top yours with!

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20 Minutes a Day to a Clean House

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Cleaning your home can seem overwhelming when you think about everything: sweeping, vacuuming, dusting, scrubbing, laundry, dishes, windows, and the list could go on for days but have no fear in about 20 minutes a day your house can be squeaky clean.

I have broken my house down into 20 minute cleaning sessions that I complete each day. Here is how I do it

Monday
OK we all love Mondays it’s the day that starts the week, we get to …who am I kidding? Mondays stink! So let’s keep it light by dusting everything. I use a swifter duster for hard to reach places and a damp cloth for everything else. I like a damp cloth the best because it really holds onto the dust opposed to just moving it around. 

Tuesday
I clean the kitchen on Tuesday so it’s clean for the rest of the week. This is a social space in my house so I want it looking good all week long. Each night after I cook dinner I load the dishwasher and wipe off the counters. Tuesday is reserved for a deeper clean: wiping down the inside of the microwave, scrubbing the stove top, and cleaning any messes that snuck through.

Wednesday
It’s Hump Day and time to clean the floors! Between dog hair, cat hair, people hair, dirty shoes, and leaky garbage bags my floors are always calling for help. I may spot sweep through out the week when I need to and have time but on Wednesday I vacuum and mop.

Thursday
Scrub-a-dub-dub time to clean the tub and the mirrors, sink, and toilet. I spray everything down then wipe down the mirror, sink, and toilet. I save the tub for last so it can soak making it easier to scrub, rinse, and move on

Friday
Friday is a half day for my Prince Charming so I wake up early and pick up all the stuff around my house. After cleaning a little bit all week there usually isn’t too much to pick up and I can spend some quality time with him.

Saturday
I spend Saturday doing laundry I know that takes more than 20 minutes but you have free time between the washer and drier. I usually only have 1 or 2 loads a week if your family is larger than mine you may need a little more time. Usually, I get it all done in the boring so that I can do fun stuff with my friends and family in the afternoon. 

 

When I have a whole day off once or twice a month I get some of the stuff done that requires less frequent attention.

Some of the stuff I do…

Deodorize the garbage disposal
Pour some drain cleaner down each drain to prevent clogs
Dust the door frames and ceiling fans
Vacuum the furniture
Clean the refrigerator out
Vacuum the drier vents
Bathe my dog (oh yes and the cats! FUN FUN!)
 
Break up the work, share with your Prince Charming, switch the days as long as you are doing a little everyday your house will stay clean with minimal effort!

 

 

What do you do to keep your house clean?

 

 

 

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Gluten Free Cauliflower Pizza Crust {{{most simple recipe}}}

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When I was told that I had to go gluten free I had one thought NO, MORE PIZZA! {as a tear ran down my cheek}. Ok Ok it wasn’t that dramatic but I really did think about all the foods I would be giving up. After a few years of practice I have found a way to make most of the foods I miss without grains and YES they taste great! 

Pizza was a staple in my household and I immediately started looking for different ways to prepare it. I have made egg plant pizzas, zucchini pizzas, and sweet potato pizzas. They were all pretty good but none of them taste like true pizza with a crust that you can cut in perfect little triangles….until now! 

It’s taken me about 5 tries to perfect this cauliflower pizza crust recipe but I think I have and I’m finally ready to share it! 

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Here is What you Need
4 cups raw cauliflower rice {about 1 medium-large head of cauliflower}
1 egg
1/3 cup creamy goat cheese
1/2 tablespoon parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon italian seasoning
pinch of salt & pepper
cheese clothe or a clean dish towel
strainer

Preheat the oven to 415 degrees

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1. Chop up the cauliflower, toss batches into a food processor {I use my ninja!}, pulse until the cauliflower resembles rice

2. Put 2 cups of water into a large pan and bring to a boil. Add cauliflower rice and cook for about 5 minutes.

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3. Strain the cauliflower out and use a large spoon to push as much water out as you can.

4. Lay cauliflower out on cheese cloth or clean dish towel then squeeze out the reaming water. Squeeze until you have all the water out!

5. In a bowl mix the dried cauliflower, parmesan cheese, goat cheese, egg, and seasonings. 

6. cover a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil and lightly spray with olive oil. 

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7. Press the mixture into the shape of pizza. This crust will not rise so make the shape of crust. 

8. Bake for about 40 minutes then remove.

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9.  Top your crust with whatever you love and bake 5-10 minutes longer and you have PIZZA! 

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My family is so excited about this pizza recipe! The crust gets crispy on the edges and soft in the center. It holds it’s shape so you can pick pieces up and eat it like traditional pizza and most important it taste AMAZING! 

I really hope you get as excited about this recipe as I am! 

Comment below…what’s your favorite pizza toppings??

 

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Sparkles of Inspiration Link Up Party {{{Week 13}}}

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Let’s just take a minute to celebrate everyone who joined in last weeks link up party! 

THANK YOU!!

This party is growing every week and that means more people to see your posts each week! I’m so thankful for each person who shares this party and helps us grow! I will continue to pin every post that is shared at this party as well as give some social media love to some posts. 

CHEERS to everyone… now let’s keep this party jumping! 

On to the features for the week…

I get really excited when I find a new blogger sharing at the Sparkles of Inspiration Link Up party and this week we had quite a few! Hollybee Tells shared an awesomely delicious simple recipe for Pumpkin Swirl Brownies that I just had to try right away. It was a huge hit at my house and is sure to be a hit for you too!

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Gingerly Made {a personal favorite blog that shares so many simple ideas and recipes!} shared her Metallic Clay Leaf Bowls. This are adorable, beyond simple, and manage to still be sophisticated! I could see myself making a few of these as gifts or kids making them for someone special! 

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Slow Cooker Garlicky Chipotle Lime Carnitas {made with chicken}

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When I cook dinner I have 2 goals: create something so delicious I will catch my Price Charming licking his plate clean and serve something healthy. These slow cooker garlicky chipotle lime carnitas tacos do just that and as a bonus they are super duper easy to make! I’m all about easy lately since I’m still trying to figure out how to balance my life between working everyday and having a life. 

What You Need
1 lb Chicken or Pork, chopped
4-6 cloves of garlic, pressed 
2 limes, juiced
1 cup water
1 jar (about 1 cup) chipotle peppers, drained {I like the fire roasted ones}
1 orange, juiced
1 jalapeño, diced
1 small onion, diced
1/8 cup cilantro {diced}
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
taco shells & toppings

1. Start off by combining garlic, chipotle peppers, water,  juice from the limes and orange in a food processor.Ppulse about 10 times then pour into a medium bowl.

2. Toss the chopped up chicken in the crockpot. Spraying your crockpot with Pam will save you cleaning time later

3. Add the jalapeño, onion, cilantro, salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder to the sauce you made in the food processor. Mix then pour over the chicken. 

4. Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 5 hours

5. Before serving shred  the meat up {I’m kinda lazy and shredding meat takes too much time so I smash mine with a wire whisk} 

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I warmed a corn taco shell, sprinkled shredded cheese over it, and then laid a second warm shell on top making a cheese filled yummy shell that I then filled with meat, cheese, spinach, tomatoes, and hot salsa! It’s a dinner your family will love!

Tell me what do you top your tacos with? 

 

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I Need a Vacation!!! Memories from Our Dominican Republic Honeymoon

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I got home late last night after work and I was exhausted but I couldn’t sleep so I did what all insomniacs do grabbed my phone to waste time. First, I got caught up on all my words with friends games and there was quite a few of them since last week while sitting in the doctors office waiting room I started like 6 games.

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Then I started searching Groupon for something fun to buy or do which lead me to the getaways tab. I believe Prince Charming and I are about due for a getaway! Life has been really crazy lately and I don’t think we have really been spending enough quality time together. I don’t need to go someplace far or expensive I just want a couple days without thinking about work, cleaning, remodeling, bills, or IVF. 

After looking at about 50 locations and vacation packages I started to feel my eyelids droop and I hadn’t found any place that tickled my fancy so I plugged my phone in, laid my head down on my pillow, closed my eyes, and STILL couldn’t sleep.

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I started thinking about some of the best vacations I have been on. Prince Charming and I flew to the Dominican Republic for our honeymoon and had a blast. We spent a week  barefoot, soaking up the sun, shedding the wedding planning stress, and relaxing. We enjoyed some good quality time together, got massages, went snorkeling on a private island, and fed some very brave animals at our backdoor. The fact that this was our honeymoon made it beyond special but it was also my first time seeing the ocean!

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My 1st time ever seeing & playing in the ocean!!

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Prince Charming attacked some coral reef while we snorkeled. These guys cleaned him up with some rum :) Guess that’s the island way of preventing infection

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On our way to see the way of life in the Dominican Republic. It was really eye opening to see how others live

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One of the highlights of the trip was getting to meet people from all over the world. We hung out with a family from Wales, a couple from Serbia, some Canadians, true New Yorkers, and a wonderful couple from England!

Our newest friends Brenda from England!

Our newest friend Brenda from England rocking’ the mic!

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Malcolm, from England, and Prince Charming getting ready to sing some karaoke

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Last day in the Dominican Republic…got caught reflecting on the weeks adventures.

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Our last evening together as honeymooners

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Going home after an amazing week together!

These are some great memories.

Where have you been?

What’s your best memory?

Where should we go next?

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How to Make Cauliflower Rice

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Since switching to a Paleo Diet I have been avoiding grains altogether. I figure as long as I can replace them with a vegetable and not completely ruin a recipe I’ll do it. Cauliflower has been a blessing for me! I don’t really like raw cauliflower as a snack like some people do but, I do love it cooked. I never realized how versatile it could be. One of my favorite uses for cauliflower is a rice substitute. Cauliflower rice is amazingly easy to make and taste just as good as traditional rice. Honestly, I think it’s even easy to cook {but I secretly hate cooking rice}. 

Here is What You Need
1 head cauliflower
2 cloves garlic {minced or run through a press}
pepper
olive oil {or whatever fat you like to use…beef drippings taste amazing!}

 

1. Roughly chop up the cauliflower and toss it into a food processor. I use my trustee Ninja Master Prep. Pulse the processor until the cauliflower resembles rice. It usually only take me 5-10 pulses to get it just right. 

2. Add the fat to your sauce pan and heat it up. Add the garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds before adding the cauliflower and pepper. Continue to sauté everything for about 5 minutes on medium heat. 

3. Now your ready to use your cauliflower rice just like you would traditional rice.

Try making Cauliflower Rice and Bacon Stuffed Acorn Squash

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TIP: I recommend running all the cauliflower though the food processor then storing the extra in a baggie or sealed container. It lasts about a week and you can cook it in small batches as you need it. 

Comment below and let me know what you make with your cauliflower rice!!!

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Sparkles of Inspiration Link Up Party! {{{week 12}}}

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Let’s just take a minute to celebrate everyone who joined in last weeks link up party! 

THANK YOU!!

I appreciate everyone who took the time to linkup, check out others links, and share the a party with friends or on social media! Every new person who joins our party means one more person has seen your awesomely amazing post! So keep sharing and keep linking up every week! 

CHEERS to everyone… now let’s keep this party jumping! 

On to the features for the week…

As we enter November I’m feeling very fall-ish. I’m ready to embrace my sweaters, boots, and scarfs {mainly because it snowed here all day yesterday and hit a high of 37 degrees} never the less fall themed posts are tickling my fancy and this post about Apple Pies Bakes in a Bag was top on my list! I’ve never heard of this recipe and it looks delicious! I plan on making it Sunday and enjoying after dinner with my family! 

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Reviewes, Chews, and How to’s is always sharing recipes that I fall in love with! This week’s recipe was no different with a chicken dinner made with foraged mushrooms! Not only does it sound delicious foraging of mushrooms sounds like a lot of fun!

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