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Get Your Lego Lovin’ Kid A Free Subscription to Lego Club Magazine

Ethan working on King's Castle

Ethan working on King’s Castle

I recently told you how much Ethan loves him some Legos, and how he had a million questions about Legos that I decided to find out the answers to and share with everybody. The kid eats, breathes, and sleeps Legos! So when I discovered the LEGO Club, it was like I was giving him a gift that he wasn’t expecting. And when I realized we could get a FREE 2 YEAR SUBSCRIPTION to the LEGO Club Magazine, I knew I had to share how to get one for your Lego lovin’ kid!

If you have a LEGO lovin' kid, you can sign them up for a FREE 2 year subscription to the Lego Club magazine! It comes with lots of other goodies too - find out how here.

The LEGO Club magazines are full of comic adventures, games and puzzles, building challenges and Cool Creations built by LEGO fans. And you’ll also get exclusive content online, a monthly email newsletter with LEGO Club news, building steps and contests (you can unsubscribe at anytime), and club codes to unlock cool stuff on the website.

If you have a LEGO lovin' kid, you can sign them up for a FREE 2 year subscription to the Lego Club magazine! It comes with lots of other goodies too - find out how here.

So if you have Lego lovers under the age of 7, head over to sign up for a FREE 2 Year Subscription to LEGO Club magazine and they’ll start sending the subscription.

It’s super simple to get a LEGO Club magazine subscription, and even better, it’s free. So make your kid’s day and sign up for the LEGO Club magazine!

The LEGO Club website is also very cool – it has lots of building ideas, games, and videos for the kids. There’s product information there, too. I feel like it’s a safe place online for Ethan to explore his love of the LEGO! He loves to get on YouTube for videos and building ideas, and I’m just not comfortable with that…unless it’s the LEGO channel on YouTube, I do let him go there.

Do you have a LEGO lovin’ kid at home? What other LEGO things are out there that we’ve been missing out on?

Say Goodbye To Tangles (And Tears!) With This Detangle Brush

Does your little girl scream and cry every time you try to brush her hair? Do mornings become nightmares when you say "let's brush your hair?" Then you NEED this detangle brush!

I always tell you when I am writing a sponsored post or product review that I’m compensated for – this is not one of them. I am writing about this detangle brush because it works and has changed mine (and Lila’s!) lives, and if you have a little girl who hates having her hair brushed, it will change yours too!

Scene: Every single morning. A beautiful little girl sits on the counter screaming like I am brushing her hair with a hairbrush made out of needles. 

Something had to change, people. Every morning Lila would scream and be so dramatic while I brushed her hair – as gently as I possibly could – that you would think I was performing some kind of torture ritual on her.

Tears.

Screams.

More tears and cries of unfathomable pain.

Accusations that I was trying to hurt her on purpose.

Every.Single.Morning.

Conditioner in her hair helped, but didn’t work completely. That spray-in detangler didn’t help. Hairbrushes, combs…I tried them all and nothing worked.

It’s not like her hair is thick and curly and unmanageable. Her hair is soft and fine and super straight and always looks like she flat irons it. It’s the kind of hair that I wish I had. And still, hair brushing was one of the worst parts of our day.

Until one day while at Bed Bath & Beyond when I stumbled across this detangle brush:

Does your little girl scream and cry every time you try to brush her hair? Do mornings become nightmares when you say "let's brush your hair?" Then you NEED this detangle brush!

The Michel Mercier Ultimate Detangling Brush. I thought: What the hell, I’ll give it a try because it couldn’t possibly make things any worseSo I shelled out the $14.99 (less 20% because I had a coupon), and the cashier told me: “These things must work because we can’t keep them in stock and not one of them has been returned. Did you see the commercial for ’em?” Nope, I hadn’t seen it, but I felt even better about my detangle brush purchase after hearing the cashier say that.

Michel Mercier’s Ultimate Detangle Brush

According to the website, this detangling brush is “designed to gently detangle your hair in seconds! Unlike ordinary brushes with only a few contact points, Michel Mercier’s Ultimate Detangling Brush uses 428 different contact points simultaneously, reducing pressure and detangling your hair with fewer strokes…Smooth, pain-free detangling. Reduced hair loss and breakage. One brush — no more tangles!”

Does your little girl scream and cry every time you try to brush her hair? Do mornings become nightmares when you say "let's brush your hair?" Then you NEED this detangle brush!

Seriously, it does EXACTLY that! I can’t believe how easily this detangle brush glides through her hair without pulling it or ripping out knots. It TOTALLY WORKS!

No more tears. No more screaming. No more hair brushing drama.

It has made our lives easier and our mornings less stressful.

If you have a little girl who hates having her hair brushed because it hurts so much, you need this detangle brush. Really. Go get it now! But don’t order it online unless you can’t find it at Bed Bath & Beyond…it’s $14.99 plus $5.95 shipping and handling which is ridiculous. But if I had to, I’d pay that much for this detangle brush – it works that good!

Does your little girl scream and cry every time you try to brush her hair? Do mornings become nightmares when you say "let's brush your hair?" Then you NEED this detangle brush!

And if you are looking for more solutions for tangled hair, head over to Kludgy Mom’s for her tips on how to deal with tangled hair.

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What’s The Difference Between a Crock Pot and a Slow Cooker?

Today on my Mommy of a Monster Facebook page I asked: Do you call it a slow cooker or a crock pot? because I know many people use the terms interchangeably. Almost everybody responded that they called it a crock pot. But what’s the difference between a crockpot and a slow cooker anyways? Is there a difference?

One responder said: I try to say slow cooker because Crock pot is the brand name. Slow cooker is what it is.

Another said this: Crock pot. Isn’t a slow cooker what is used for canning? I don’t think they’re the same thing.

Well to clear things up, I thought I’d share what I found out. Yep, there is a difference between a crock pot and a slow cooker.

What's the difference between a crock pot and a slow cooker? Is there a difference? Head over to see what makes a crock pot different from a slow cooker.

What’s The Difference Between a Crock Pot and a Slow Cooker?

I found some great information about the difference between the two – here are some of them.

A crock pot is actually a type of slow cooker, so they are very similar, but not all slow cookers are also crock pots. A crock pot is a type of slow cooker with a stoneware pot that sits inside a surrounding heating element. A slow cooker is a usually metal pot that sits on top of a heating surface. Slow cookers often allow a cook to remove the pot and then use the heating surface below to fry foods on.

According to eHowThe history of slow cookers started with a bean cooker in 1970. The brand expanded its cookbook to include many dishes. The company redesigned its bean cooker by reshaping it, adding handles and a glass lid. It was given the registered trade name, “Crock-Pot,” which is now sold under the “Rival” brand name. Over the years, “crockpot” became a generic term often used when referring to any type of slow cooker.

So when we all call it a crock pot, it’s technically like calling all tissues Kleenex.

Difference Between A Crock Pot and a Slow Cooker

Crock Pots

What's the difference between a crock pot and a slow cooker? Is there a difference? Head over to see what makes a crock pot different from a slow cooker.

Crock pots have heating elements on the bottom and sides of the crock (usually ceramic), with a glass lid, and a oval or round heating element that the crock sits in. Crock pots usually only have a high and low setting, as well as a “keep warm” setting. Crock pots cook at very low temperatures which allows you to use less expensive cuts of meat  that will come out tasting amazing and just fall apart after being cooked for a long period of time at a low temperature.

Slow Cookers

What's the difference between a crock pot and a slow cooker? Is there a difference? Head over to see what makes a crock pot different from a slow cooker.

Slow cookers only have a heating element on the bottom. They consist of a glass lid, a pot, and a heating element (like a hot plate). Slow cookers have different temperature settings, notated by numbers one through five. Slow cookers cook meats and food more slowly than a crock pot unless the food is cut into small pieces, allowing the food to cook more quickly. The cooking heat doesn’t cook continuously like a crock pot – it runs in cycles, rotating on and off. And the heating element can be used as a griddle, which makes slow cookers more versatile in the kitchen.

So there you have it, and now you know the difference between a crock pot and a slow cooker. A crock pot is a type of slow cooker, but a slow cooker isn’t always a crock pot.

And here’s a crock pot tip for you: Jason hates when I don’t brown the meat before putting it in the crock pot. But if you add butter and paprika to chicken before putting it in the slow cooker, it will create it’s own brown color while cooking.

I absolutely love my crock pot, and use it a lot. For crock pot recipes the whole family will love, check out my crock pot recipes here on my blog or my Crock Pot Cooking on Pinterest.

Baked Pesto Chicken

I have lots and lots of chicken recipes, mainly because it’s the one meat all of the kids will actually eat with a minimal amount of complaining. And there are a gazillion ways to serve chicken without it getting boring. Case in point: this recipe for Baked Pesto Chicken.

I originally found this recipe somewhere on Pinterest, though I’m not sure where. Baked Pesto Chicken requires only three ingredients, and it couldn’t be any more simple to make. It’s perfect for those week nights when you need a meal quickly.

This recipe for baked pesto chicken is a hit with adults and kids alike. It's super fast to put together and cook, and perfect for busy weeknights. Yum

Baked Pesto Chicken

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Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper for seasoning chicken
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto (try other pesto flavors too!)
  • 1/2 cup grated low-fat mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray. Spread 1/4 cup basil pesto to lightly cover the bottom of the dish. Spread the chicken over the pesto, then spread the remaining pesto over the chicken.
  3. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake the chicken for 25-30 minutes, until the chicken is barely cooked through.
  4. Remove the foil and sprinkle the cheese on top of the chicken. Put dish back into the oven, uncovered, and cook 5 minutes more until the cheese is melted. To lightly brown the cheese, you can broil the dish for another 2-3 minutes more.

Notes

All of that yummy pesto in the bottom of is perfect to serve with rice, potatoes, or quinoa. Or just serve it right over the chicken.

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Yum, right? You can also try this recipe with pork. It’s a great easy recipe that the kids love -they call it green chicken.

Want more chicken recipes?  This Baked Chicken recipe is the easiest and most delicious recipe you can make. My recipe for Chicken Da-Bomb is kid-approved, as well as my recipe for this Bacon, Spinach, and Feta Un-Stuffed Chicken.

Follow Natalie Hoage – Mommy of a Monster’s board Chicken on Pinterest.




How To Get Pregnant: Crazy Things I Did While Trying To Get Knocked Up

How To Get Pregnant:Crazy Things I Did While Trying To Get Knocked Up.If you have ever had to "try" to get pregnant, you know that you do some crazy things!

If you have ever had to “try” to get knocked up, then you have also probably tried some pretty crazy things to help the process along. Things like standing on your head (done it) and peeing on sticks to tell you when you are most fertile (done that, too). Those are the two most common ones, I think. But what about the other crazy things people try? Here is the How To Get Pregnant – Funny (read: crazy) Edition.

How To Get Pregnant

(Or 7 Ways Not To Get Pregnant)

My Milkshakes Bring All The Sperm To The Yard

How about drinking milkshakes to increase your chances of conceiving? Apparently calcium aids in conception.

They are often referred to as “Fertility Milkshakes.” I drank them like they were going out of style when I was trying to get pregnant. While they are supposed to be made with all natural, organic ingredients, I just went through In N’ Out and grabbed one every day for a week, every month. Probably not as helpful as those all natural ones.

Good for fertility, not so much for the size of my ass.

Sippin’ On Gin and…Robitussin?

Anybody ever sip on Robitussin like it was a cocktail? Yep, I did this one too.

Robitussin aids in fertility because it improves the quality of your cervical mucus. It gets more slippery, which makes it easier for the sperm to move around in there. Didn’t work for me, but then again, when you are desperate you’ll try anything.

Everybody Have Fun Tonight (Except for You, Babe)

My husband loved this one…not. Missionary style only. No saliva, toys, fingers, or anything else anywhere near the nether regions.

We didn’t want to “contaminate” the area and make the possibility of his soldiers getting in there alive any more difficult than it had to be. Sex became a job; it was not for pleasure.

Loco Legs

I know I mentioned standing on your head as one of those crazy things that people do, but did I mention how long I would leave my legs propped up against the wall? At least an hour, sometimes longer.

The only thing that this accomplished was that I would lose all feeling in my legs and stumble around like I was drunk after I tried to get up. Talk about sexy.

Got A Black Magic Woman

A friend of mine suggested seeing a Curandera, or a medicine woman who would rub herbs and special oils and waters on my belly and say what I understood to be a prayer over it. She said it worked for her.

But to be honest I actually never tried this one; I booked the appointment and chickened out at the last minute.

Livin’ On A Prayer

I prayed to Fertility Gods, literally.

There are a bunch of them out there: St. Gerard – the Catholic Patron Saint of Motherhood (is it weird to anybody else that they chose a man for this?), Kokopelli – the Native American fertility deity, Aphrodite – the Greek goddess of fertility, and Aditi – the Hindu goddess of fertility.

Sexing with the Stars

Yep. A friend sent me to a website that showed how the lunar cycles and astrology can help you get pregnant. Even I had to roll my eyes at this one!

There are so many more crazy things people do. Feng Shui, rubbing pregnant women’s bellies, eating or drinking certain (very weird) concoctions, rubbing minerals and crystals on your body, and more. People will really do just about anything to get knocked up.

What crazy things did you do when you were trying to conceive?