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2017 New Year - Fresh Start. Cleaning and organizing made easy!

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2017 New Year New Start Mrs. Meyers's Cleaning Bundle from Grove Collaborative.

    A few months ago, when I was sharing some of my favorite things with you, I shared my love for all things Mrs Meyers and Grove Collaborative. I’ve used Mrs. Meyer’s products as my primary cleaning brand for several years now, and they have always left me more than happy. After sometimes having a hard time finding seasonal scents in stores, I switched to home delivery with Grove Collaborative. I never miss out on a seasonal scent now! And let me tell you, nothing spurs me into a cleaning frenzy like a brand new amazing scent. I don’t know what it is, but when a new bottle shows up, I can not wait to use it. I consider it a “little treat” to myself for all that hard work. I’m rewarded with an amazing smelling house, and having something new just really gets me motivated. Every few months, Grove Collaborative sets up a bundle to introduce new customers to their company. They are always so fun, and I always look forward to seeing what they have picked.

     The 2017 New Year Fresh Start bundle I can’t get over this bundle. The fact that you can get these items (A $40 Value!!!)  for free— the icing on the cake. So let’s check out the bundle:

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Chicken Strip Tacos With Queso!

     I don’t know about you, but sometimes it’s hard to feed a crowd. We were planning our big game party and I decided I was going with EASY this year. I asked my kiddos about it, and they all suggested we make chicken strip tacos with queso, like our favorite taco restaurant. This is the taco I recommend to out of state visitors. It’s pretty mild on the heat side, it’s a twist on the standard taco, and it’s got flavor!

     To make my big game party as simple as could be, but still fun and creative, I pulled out a few handy tricks. I used my Cricut machine, some items from a local discount store, some items I already had, and some basic foods from Sam’s Club. I purchased a big bag of Tyson® Crispy Chicken Strips (3.5 lbs), a sliced cheese selection, and some Galileo® Salame. Our party was halfway there!

Chicken Strip Taco with Queso

Jerk Chicken Skewers With Pineapple Habanero Garlic Aioli Sauce

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Jerk Chicken tenders on skewers for an easy appetizer

     2017 is here! Yay! We spent most of our holiday vacation here at home, relaxing. Having a house full of boys, there always seemed to be a football game on during the day. Living in a college town, I’ve learned to embrace it. Now with the Big Game coming up soon, I’m starting to get my party ideas rolling. We love having people stop by to watch games on tv, and I try to keep things simple. A lot of times it overlaps our dinner plans, so I like to have an appetizer or two that can really fill my boys up. This is so I don’t have to keep cooking all day!

     What I’ve discovered is that boys seem to love meat on a stick. Suddenly that jerked chicken looks amazing when it’s on a kabob! Throw in a dipping sauce and they are over the moon. Today’s recipe for Jerk Chicken Skewers with Pineapple Habanero Garlic Aioli Sauce is one of our crowd pleasing favorites. I hope your party guests enjoy it just as much!

Ways To Give Back This Holiday Season

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     This year has been a challenging year for our family. We try to be a charitable family, but for the first 7 months of the year, it felt like we were more on the receiving end. Ever since my boys were little, I have tried to instill the importance of giving. Whether it is as simple as a helping hand with groceries, a door propped open, or just the gift of friendly conversation. 2016 started out with my recovery from surgery, and being couch bound for months. People came out of the wood work to help us. We received everything from restaurant gift cards, to housecleaning, to a carpool system for my kiddos. The generosity was overwhelming. It was the shining light, in a year of foggy darkness. The gifts came from family, friends, neighbors and even total strangers. We were so deeply touched by this outpouring.  It gave us a new found appreciation for gifting and giving our time, talents and much more.
      Although we try to give year round, the Christmas spirit makes us a bit more generous in December. I’m sure all of you get that inkling in your stomach, that now more than ever is a good time to pay it forward. When raising children, December becomes a pivotal month in explaining why sometimes giving is much better than receiving. I hope I have fostered giving hearts in my children. 
     Since things are hectic this time of year, I wanted to share with you a few simple ways that make giving back so much easier. We typically take cookies to our neighbors, so I’ve included this free printable for you to print out (at any size you want - but I think a 4x6 would be perfect for those cookie trays).  You can find the links for the high resolution printables at the bottom of this post.

Merry Christmas from MrsMajorHoff! FREE PRINTABLE!

Things To Do In Scotland : Feed Reindeer

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Things to do in Scotland includes feeding Reindeer

Reindeer wildlife experience in Scotland

Feed Reindeer in the Scottish Highlands. Things to do while in Scotland.

Things to do in Scotland: Feed Reindeer

Feed free range reindeer in the Scottish Highlands

    I know, I know. It sounds so bizarre. We went all the way to Norway, where we didn’t see any wild reindeer like we expected, but when we went to the Cairngorms in Scotland, we had the most fantastic experience ever! We initially added a few days in Scotland because we were looking for a flight to get us from Norway to England and Scandinavian Airlines was offering the cheapest flight from Bergen to Aberdeen. I’m so glad we did. I was a bit obsessed with the Outlander book series at the time, so it was beyond amazing. That scenery in  Outlander on Starz that you fawn over - totally true to life.

Cairngorm Mountain View

    When I was first looking at things to do in Scotland, I really didn’t have any thing on my “must” list. I casually texted my sister after reading a tiny blurb about the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre, and she said, “Yep. That one. Let’s do that”. So on the list it went. It turned out to be one of our favorite activities for our 3 week European adventure. It crossed so many things off our list.

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