Losing a parent at a young age…

Four years ago my entire world was shattered with the news that my father would take his last breath. Something so traumatic completely changes who you are and how you view the world. I was just shy of my 30’s and forced to continue experiencing life without my father. It has been four years of gut-wrenching pain and heartache; four years I would never want to experience again. But through this experience I have gained many hard lessons that I will carry with me for a lifetime.

Many adults that have recently lost their parent(s) will tell you they know what you are going through, when in all reality they don’t.

Nothing has made me cringe more than when a full grown adult tells me they completely understand what I’m going through, and that they’re there for me. Your parents were able to see you grow into an adult, watch you get married and see your kids grow into adults. My father will never be able to walk me down the isle if I chose to marry, nor will he ever see me graduate from college. Let alone, my father will never be present as my sons school functions and sporting events. So please don’t equate the situation, you have no idea what I’m going through. I’ve learned that they say this is to show sympathy, and that sympathy is great and all, but the statement carries so much ignorance. Which brings me to my next thought…

People that haven’t experienced this yet just don’t get it, and that’s not their fault by any means.

In the beginning, I spent months being bitter. People just don’t get it; the couldn’t emphasize or understand what I was going through, what I felt, what I needed — no mater how hard they tried. But then I realized it wasn’t their fault, and I should be happy. They don’t understand — no matter how hard it was for me to accept it I would never wish this experience on absolutely anyone.

Ironically, people really do use those cliché phrases…

It seems in these situations people tend to say “they’re in a better place”, “they’re watching over you”, etc., and let me tell you hearing this sucks. Please don’t tell me they are in a better place, because if they were in a better place they’d be here with me and my family. I don’t want you to tell me they’re watching over me, because it’s not the same as having them in front of me and hearing their laugh and voice. I know people mean well when they say these things, but it just hurts more.

I get super FRUSTRATED when people bicker about their parents to me, because at least they have them.

I would give anything to have my dad yelling at me or to sit in the same room as himself smoking his nasty cigarettes. I would do anything to have my dad give me a hard time again, or want to spend time with me instead of going out. When people complain about their parents, it makes me mad that they can’t appreciate the love and care that their parents have given them through the years. They aren’t appreciating the fact that they still have parents and have that bond with them. I would give anything to trade places with them, and therefore I can’t EVER sympathize for their complaints.

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Ozeri INSTAVAC Nesting Food Storage Container Set – Review @USFG

Thank you Ozeri Instavac and US Family Guide for partnering with me. I received this product to review for my honest opinion. This post contains affiliate links. 

Like socks, storage containers are one thing in our household that tend to come up missing. Either someone barrows a container for leftovers or we take a container to a neighbors containing freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Let me tell you, you wouldn’t be able to resist our homemade cookies! They taste so delicious and are super soft.

As I tend to say you can never have too many storage containers. And finding the perfect set can be a royal pain in the butt. Ozeri came to the rescue for many moms like myself and recently introduced the Instava containers which not only keep your food fresher longer, the containers and lids all nest inside the larger container. These one of a kind containers offer a vacuum seal technology that pushes air out and seals in the freshness!

The Ozeri Instavac kit comes with 4 bowls and lids in different sizes. The sizes are 21 cups (5.0 Liters), 12.7 cups (3.0 Liters), 6.3 cups (1.5 Liters), and 3 cups (0.7 Liters). The lids have a dial on air valve, so you can set the date that you put your food in there so you know how long it’s been in fridge.

 

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I was super excited for this package to arrive as I had been searching for god knows how long to find the ideal set for our kitchen. So far, I would have to say I am beyond impressed and I love using these particular containers for fruit and veggies!

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Tandoor Chef: National Pizza Month Contest. #TandoorChef #nationalpizzamonth

Tandoor Chef Celebrates National Pizza Month with Authentic Indian Cuisine and Recipe Contest
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In celebration of National Pizza Month, Tandoor Chef, a leader in restaurant quality, all natural frozen Indian cuisine, has launched its 8th annual Naan Better Pizza Contest. Now through October 31, consumers are encouraged to submit their most inspired pizza recipes using Tandoor Chef Naan Bread. Hosted on Tandoor Chef’s Facebook page, the National Pizza Month recipe contest celebrates not only one of America’s favorite dishes, but also the growth of adventurous eaters everywhere as American’s stretch the limits in terms of flavor preferences and creativity.
Through Tandoor Chef’s Naan Better Pizza Contest, consumers will submit their original pizza recipes using Tandoor Chef’s signature Naan Bread in the hopes of winning this year’s grand prize – $1,000 cash and a year of Tandoor Chef Naan Pizza. One runner up will win six months of Tandoor Chef Naan Pizza, and the third place pizza recipe will win one month of Tandoor Chef Naan Pizza.
“We think National Pizza Month is the perfect time to
celebrate our Indian meals with our brand’s fans,” said
Mike Ryan, VP of Sales & Marketing, Deep
Foods/Tandoor Chef. “We also think it’s a great time to
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and learn to do so with a food group everyone knows
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foodies all over the country to think outside the traditional pizza box.”
Tandoor Chef offers five different flavors of Naan Pizza, including Roasted Eggplant, Margherita, Cilantro Pesto, Spinach and Paneer and Jalapeno Naan Pizza, as well as two varieties of Naan Bread, including Tandoori Naan and Garlic Naan. Tandoor Chef Naan Pizzas can be ordered online here, and found in the freezer aisle of leading grocery retailers nationwide. To enter this year’s Naan Better Pizza Contest, individuals can submit their original recipes on Facebook at Facebook.com/TandoorChef. No purchase is
necessary to participate.
About Tandoor Chef
Tandoor Chef, produced by Deep Foods, is committed to producing restaurant quality, all natural frozen Indian food. A quality innovation leader, Tandoor Chef provides exotic flavors and meal experiences, rooted in the convenience of the frozen food category

Savings: Dryel is a fraction of the cost of dry cleaners

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Dryel Starter Kit (left) and Refill (right). The former includes a reuseable fabric protection bag, 3 FL OZ booster spray, and 4 ultra cleaning clothes for at-home dry cleaning in your own dryer. It is good for 4 loads with up to 5 pieces. The refill box includes a booster spray and 8 ultra cleaning clothes, i.e. enough for 8 loads.

One thing I have realized in 2017 is dry cleaning is not cheap and I should probably invest in a better way to protect my clothing. I’m the girl who can rock sweat pants and also look super adorable in a chiffon dress. And as every woman knows it’s really hard to launder dresses let alone chiffon dresses.

I  was introduced to Dryel over the last year and built a very strong relationship with this brand. It is a brand I can rely on and trust. My seven year old son can never keep clean and I do my best to keep his sticky little finger far away from what I am wearing. I’ve had so many kid related stains and let me tell you I’m super grateful to be able to wear these clothes and not throw them in the trash. Dryel, is a lifesaver and saves money while treating our favorite clothes.

This at home dry cleaning method by Dryel saves money when compared to taking garments into the local dry cleaner. It also saves time and wear and tear on your vehicle.

At home dry cleaning can also save money by protecting your favorite clothes from:

  • fading in the wash,
  • being dyed by bleeding fabrics,
  • but also from being torn when spinning, which obviously had been the fate of my favorite summer pants. 😦

Do you dry clean your delicate or favorite items? Do you dry-clean at home or do you bring your clothes to the dry cleaner? Have you already tried at-home dry cleaning with Dryel? If not, here is an infograph on at-home dry cleaning.

P.S. You can buy the Dryel at-home dry cleaning starter kid, Dryel at-home dry-cleaning refills, and the Dryel pen for dry-cleaning-on-the-go at most local grocery stores in the US and selected stores in Canada. see the Dryel official webpage for retailers. You can also order the Dryel products online at HSN, Target and Amazon just to mention a few.

Since it’s getting chilly and Fall is upon us I’ll have to ‘retire’ my favorite summer dress until 2018. I’m super sad but super excited it has mad i through so many adventures and dinners with my little man. Thanks Dryel!