504 Main by Holly Lefevre: social fabric
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Showing posts with label social fabric. Show all posts


Kid's Monogram Canvas Art: Making Colorful Magic with Crayola

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As a child, coloring was my favorite activity. My parents knew how to make me happy - bring me a nice big box of Crayola Crayons! The first thing I did every-single-time I got new crayons was to organize them all by color. I still remember how excited that made me. 
Kid's Monogram Canvas Art featuring Crayola #shop #cbias #ColorfulCreations #Walmart


Let's Make Some Pumpkin Soup!

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I love pumpkin and I regularly shop at Save Mart Supermarket, so this is a perfect match!
I adore pumpkins.
I love their shape - all crazy and round and perfectly imperfect.
I love their color - shades of orange like a magnificent sunset.
I love their flavor, rich and hearty and so perfect for Fall.

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I typically use pumpkin in sweeter items,
(cookies, cakes, bread, pancakes, souffles) 
but I was really wanting to try my hand at creating a savory pumpkin dish.

When I head to Save Mart Supermarket (which I do almost daily)
this time of the year, I just love it!
It feels like a field trip to a pumpkin patch.
They have pumpkins everywhere!
Big ones, little ones, and my favorite -  pie pumpkins (sometimes called sugar pumpkins)!


Stepping Out Of His Comfort Zone With #MaLoUnderwear

It is back to school time here.
To me that means new socks and underwear for everyone along
with the backpacks, school supplies, and clothing.
My son has a very difficult time understanding
or caring why new socks and underwear are a part of this "package"...
but I am the mom...so I win!
And I decided to surprise him and get him to step out of his comfort zone.

Mario Lopez has a new line of underwear at Target  - MaLo Underwear - and I was given the opportunity to shop this line and let you know what I think....
or more importantly what one of the men in my life thinks.

Before I go on...I just have to tell you I have met Mario Lopez before.
Anyone remember that show he was on back in the early 2000 with Dick Clark and Danny Bonaduce? Yep, I was on that show...and they were all very nice.


Classic Mandarin Orange Salad from DOLE #tropicalfruit

As a mom, I am always looking for ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into meals and snacks for my kids (and heck for me and my hubby too!). DOLE Pineapple - in all forms, crushed, chunks, and slices - is actually a pantry staple in our house. We add it to pizzas, broccoli slaw salads, desserts - you name it! 

Beyond pineapple, my kids LOVE the DOLE Mandarin Oranges...
Like as in they could eat an entire can each...every day.
I was super exited when I was presented with the opportunity
to try out this yummy recipe from DOLE.

The Classic Mandarin Orange Salad combines so many of my favorite flavors...
I knew this would be a hit, with the star of the show being the Mandarin Oranges (that is how I am going to get my kiddos to try it..lure them in with the Mandarin Oranges!)

First I headed out to pick up some Mandarin Oranges at Safeway. I was very fortunate that I got to shop alone (in the summer! Thank yo Molly for hanging out with my kiddos!). I headed to the larger Safeway in my area. I always like to see what is being offered over their. I went looking for the Canned Fruit aisle right away. 

I got super lucky...it was Buy One Get one Free if you had the club card!
I am stocking up on Mandarin Oranges and Pineapple...
and trying the #TropicalFruit for the first time!
Later in the week, I invited Molly (my super helpful friend!)
over and we all had Classic Mandarin Orange Salad for lunch.
I really liked this salad.
It is fresh and tangy, and full of good for you ingredients.
I eat salads a lot and I like to mix a lot of different ingredients together, so I was pleasantly surprised with salty, savory, and sweet combination of flavors.

DOLE Classic Mandarin Orange Salad

1 Package DOLE Spinach or other DOLE salad variety
1 Can )11 or 15 ox.) DOLE Mandarin Oranges
1/2 Sliced Ripe Olives
1/2 cup chopped DOLE red onion
1/2 cup light balsamic vinaigrette
1/4 crumbled feta cheese

This recipe is pretty simple and packs a big punch!
And takes on a few minutes to prepare!

Combine spinach, onions, mandarin oranges, and olive sin a large serving bowl.

Toss with the balsamic vinaigrette and top with the crumbled feta cheese.


I liked the flavors of this salad a lot and  also had a few ideas for experimenting with it...perhaps a crunch of some toasted sunflower seeds or crunchy Chinese noodles.

Be sure to check out more great recipes from DOLE!
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So, what do you think?
Do you like fruit in your salads...if you have not tried it you should!

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Sandra's Summer Carnival in NYC #bysandralee

Last week I jumped on a plane and headed to
NYC for Sandra Lee's Summer Carnival.
Now, I have come and gone and
am full of inspiration and amazing memories.
Prior to leaving I received an invitation with
a cute Carnival-inspired ticket, a note from Sandra Lee,
and oven mit from Sandra's collection.

There is so much to share
I will be splitting up my posts and show you the
professional photos and some recipes later this week.
But this is a great overview of the carnival.
(I am regretting not bringing the bigger, better camera...
I wish my photos were better)

This event was held to celebrate the launch of Sandra's home collection, Sandra by Sandra Lee, which is available in Sears and Kmart stores. It was a great group - about 20 bloggers, the talented teams from Sears and Kmart and of course Sandra Lee.


Spring Cleaning! #CompareandSwap

There are certain parts of my house I avoid at certain times of the day...
The morning sun shining through my less than clean windows into my kitchen.
The afternoon sun streaming through the sliding doors...
Time to hit Smart and Final for some cleaning supplies!
It is Spring after all!

Managing household chores is hard enough
but if you take into account the fog, rain, pollen
and just plain old dirt around here...
keeping the windows clean is a nightmare.
Oh and then there are the kids - no mirror is safe!

One days worth of "use."  Yeah...it is scary...Thanks kids! 

So, it cannot be avoided any longer...it is time to spring clean...and we - no I am starting inside and these kiddos need to participate is this cleaning extravaganza.

There is incentive for my cuties - they both want their rooms painted and made over...but my condition is that they need to start taking more responsibility for the cleanliness of their rooms and the house as a whole.

Inspired by that incentive...Jules and I headed to Smart and Final to pick up some supplies. While there, we had the opportunity to do a little comparison shopping and make this Spring cleaning even more fun with a #CompareandSwap twist!
It was our job to test a name brand glass cleaner
(Windex) and Paper towels (Bounty)
against the First Street Brand Glass Cleaner and First Street Paper Towels.
We can so do that!

I am a long time shopper of Smart and Final...
and already have many of the First Street products in my pantry..
I have no idea why it never occurred to me
to try out the First Street cleaning products!

Everything is so easy to find at Smart and Final.
It was super easy to find the aisle with the cleaning supplies and
the Windex and First Street Glass Cleaner side by side...
Look at that price difference - more than $1.00 difference!

The First Street Brand looks good on the shelf.
I like the vibrant blue of the glass cleaner

The prices and selection at Smart and Final keep me coming back
and I do love good quality products! A win-win!
Read all about my (our) shopping trip on Google+

That is me and my helper (she really wants a pink room)

When we got home, we did our first test in the bathroom. I am not quite sure how it happens...but every day - yes, every day - our mirrors look like this. I am not sure what these kids do in there...but the mirrors are taking a hit.

I told Jules we were doing a comparison and we were cleaning up that mess! 

First we tried the First Street Glass Cleaner
with the First Street Paper Towels on one mirror.
It surely made quite a difference and had zero problems
getting the gunk off with a swipe of the First Street Paper Towel.

We got to work on that messy mirror!

Spray it on!

Wipe it off!
Then we tried the name brand glass cleaner on
the other (equally messy) mirror along with the name brand paper towel.

The verdict...both are clean!
But here is my scoop!
I truly felt like the cleaning quality and overall finish of the glass cleaners was really similar. I noticed one streak on the square mirror cleaned with the name brand cleaner. 
First Street Glass Cleaner will have a place in my home...
great performance and a great price.
Even with the Smart Savings on both products,
the First Street Glass Cleaner was $1.34 less than the name brand!
Now we are talking!

Now on to the paper towels.
I am kind of a paper towel snob.
I like a soft paper towel.
During the cleaning, the name brand paper towel
left more residue on the mirror than
the First Street Paper Towels.
First Street Paper Towels performed really well,
left little to no residue on the glass...and they are soft!

We moved on to Ms. Jules's room...
and yes, I am not proud of how dusty that mirror is...
Do I never go in there....
well no worries First Street to the rescue!

She took responsibility and wiped that dust away to reveal a shiny clean mirror...the beginning of a shiny clean room and her wish of a room makeover.

We had fun cleaning together and making it a "game" or sorts.
She enjoyed helping her mama and earning
her way toward her new pink room.
(for the record...I still like the purple room!)

Be sure to keep up on the action with
Smart and Final on Twitter!

And here is a cool promotion Smart and Final is running too!

1. Visit any Smart & Final store from April 18 to May 15, 2012.
2. Purchase any two First Street products and a unique code will print on your receipt
3. Enter your code here for your chance to WIN!

What can you WIN?
(1) One-year supply of First Street Pasta (based on a family of four)
(10) $100 Smart & Final SmartCash Card
(10) First Street Bag full of your favorite groceries (value over $50) plus a $50 Smart & Final Gift Card


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Smiley Chicken! Shop at Save Mart and Save at the Pump with Fuel Rewards

Each member of my family likes their food slightly different - hubby requests no green stuff, kids like green stuff...on the side and nothing too spicy, and I like the green stuff - mainly the green stuff. So, when I cook, I tend to make food that is sort of a blank canvas - meaning I prepare meals that generally appeal to everyone and then each "individual" can add their own special touch. (I also like to cook so that we have leftovers for lunch the next day.)
I have a new appreciation for food bloggers with pretty food photos!

On Sunday it was chilly and the family was craving some warm yummy (but healthy) comfort food for dinner. I am not even sure what to call this dish - but it must have a name...right? It is a chicken and rice dish and it makes everyone happy…maybe I should call it Smiley Chicken?

This dish is pretty easy to prepare. I generally have the foundation of the meal on hand – broth, herbs, sea salt, black pepper, short grain brown rice, and stewed tomatoes - they are mainstays in my pantry. We did however need the star of the show – the chicken - and some fresh veggies to go with it. 

Jules and I headed to Save Mart to pick up what we needed. I shop at Save Mart regularly because I like the store and it is conveniently located...and now they have the Fuel Rewards Program and I LOVE it! I have been using it since they began offering it.  For every $50 I spend (on qualifying purchases), I earn 5 cents a gallon at the fuel pump…not bad! And, since I shop at Save Mart all the time, that adds up quick! The Fuel Rewards program has saved me a lot of money…my favorite was the first time I used it and saved 50 cents a gallon on gas – oh yeah that is impressive! 

AND…guess what I just learned…I hopped on over to their web site and discovered I can also earn Fuel Rewards points by shopping at over 700 online shops that are part of the Fuel Rewards Network – many of the stores I shop at already. You can read all about my shopping trip over in my google+ story about Save Mart and the Fuel Rewards Program!
Now let's get to the Smiley Chicken!
This is a versatile dish that you can change up with different herbs and spices to your liking. If I had it my way, there would be spinach incorporated into this dish...
but I lost that argument!
(There is no reason for the "smiley" part -
other than it makes my kids and hubby smile when I make it)


  • 2 lbs (or more if you'd like) boneless, skinless chicken thighs (you can use breasts or drumsticks too)
  • 2 cups (uncooked) short grain brown rice (you can use long grain or sub for white rice, just adjust your cooking time)
  • 1 cup chicken broth (low sodium, organic)
  • 1 cup white wine OR 1 additional cup Chicken broth
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes (mine happen to be Mexican-style)
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1-2 Tablespoon Olde Thompson Chicken Grilling Seasoning
  • Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • OPTIONAL: (not used in these photos due to protest) Spinach

Cook It!

  • Start your rice - add 4 cups of water, a sprinkle of salt, and 2 cups of rice to a large sauce pan and cook for approximately 30 minutes.
  • You want the rice to be slightly under done as you will be adding it to the chicken pan soon.
  • Chop red onion.
  • Chop garlic.
  • Wash and pat dry your chicken thighs.

  • Season with sea salt, pepper and Olde Thompson Chicken Grilling Seasoning (feel free to add a different seasoning...but my family loves this one!).

  • Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet.
  • Add chopped garlic and cook for about 1 minute.
  • Add chopped red onion and cook for another minute.
  • Add chicken and brown on each side, about 3 minutes per side.
  • Add 1 cup chicken broth and 1 cup white wine (or 2 cups of chicken broth).

  • Add one can stewed tomatoes.
  • Simmer for about 15 minutes over low heat
  • If your rice has cooked for 30 minutes, add in the rice and let simmer and absorb liquid with the chicken. Simmer, covered, over medium-low heat about 15 minutes. Check for done-ness of rice and chicken, if necessary cook a little longer (continue to test in small increments of time). You may add some additional broth to scoot the rice along, if necessary.

OPTIONAL: after about 10 minutes, I would add some spinach! YUM! 

Also, you can make it different every time- think about adding peas, eggplant, spinach, even some turkey sausage!

I served this meal with steamed broccoli with a touch of fresh lemon juice and sea salt and I also made up a broccoli salad (the kids LOVE this!)

So, that is it, Smiley Chicken - 
a simple meal that you change up!

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