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The Best Interactive Baby Doll

This post was sponsored by Spin Master as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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Christmas is right around the corner and I'm sure everyone is on the hunt for the best gifts for 2020. Our daughter is a lover of all things dolls, pink, and girly, so shopping for her has always been pretty easy. We recently got to try out the new Mealtime Magic Mia Doll, which in my opinion is the best interactive baby doll, and Kinsley has been obsessed with her! Mealtime Magic Mia has been a part of every family meal and bedtime for the last several weeks, and seeing Kinsley's love for her has been the cutest. 

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The Best Interactive Baby Doll:

Mealtime Magic Mia is the best interactive baby doll because it is the most expressive and lifelike feeding baby doll. Mealtime is Mia's favorite time of day and she reacts and recognizes the food you feed her with over 70 sounds and phrases. Mealtime Magic Mia closes her eyes and falls asleep when you rock her, and wakes up and coos when you feed her a bottle. 

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Mealtime Magic Mia Accessories:

Mealtime Magic Mia comes with a two in one accessory that doubles as both a pacifier and a bottle. She also comes with a smart spoon and food tray with 10 different food options. When you put the smart spoon onto the food tray the spoon lights up to match the color of the food. I love that it has a wide variety of foods like strawberries, lemons, peas, and carrots. Maybe feeding healthy foods to a baby doll will convince Kinsley to eat her fruits and veggies too. 

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Where to Buy Mealtime Magic Mia:

Mealtime Magic Mia is available to purchase this holiday season at Walmart and Target and would make the perfect gift for any child who loves playing with baby dolls. There are two different Mealtime Magic Dolls, Mia who has lighter skin, and Maya who has darker skin. We were sent Mia to review for this post, but I love that they have two options that are inclusive to a variety of families and individuals. 

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Benefits to Playing with Baby Dolls

Playing with baby dolls has so many benefits for children! Some of these benefits include social skills, imaginative play, responsibility, empathy, compassion, and language skills. It's so fun to see how fast Kinsley switches into mommy mode when she's playing with her Mealtime Magic Mia, and seeing that nurturing side of her come out is the sweetest thing ever. 



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Holiday Guest Bathroom Essentials

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Derek and I have been working hard the last few months to slowly transform some of the spaces in our new home. As the holidays approach and we have family coming in from out of town for various occasions, it was important for us to have a guest bathroom setup. There are definitely some guest bathroom essentials that I feel every house needs to ensure family and friends have exactly what they'll need and never run into an uncomfortable situation.


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Guest Bathroom Essentials:

The first guest bathroom essential that you need toilet paper, and plenty of it. No one ever wants to be caught in the bathroom having to make the uncomfortable plea for help. My number one biggest tip is to have a basket of toilet paper well stocked on the back of the toilet so that it's easily accessible for anyone to access as needed.

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We recently started using the Angel Soft® with Fresh Lavender Scented Tube and Angel Soft® with Fresh Linen Scented Tube  available at Family Dollar. This is a great option for a guest bathroom because it's a 2 for 1 product. You get the benefits of soft and strong toilet paper while also having a nice pleasant scent added to the tube for you and your family to enjoy. 

The scent is added to the cardboard tube to give off a light, pleasant scent in the bathroom​. The Angel Soft® with Fresh Linen Scented Tube brings just a hint of that clean, classic scent all year ‘round, while the Fresh Lavender Scented Tube features the same soft and strong qualities you love with the added scent of fresh lavender in the tube. Between these two scents you're sure to find the perfect fit for your family!

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Stocking A Guest Bathroom:

Other guest bathroom essentials that you'll need are simple touches that will make the biggest difference. On the shelves above our toilet I added some small jars of cotton balls and cotton swabs in case anyone needs them. Another huge thing I wanted to make sure we were stocked on was feminine products. There is nothing worse than visiting family and being caught off guard without them. We added a small acrylic container inside one of our bathroom drawers and stocked it with pantyliners, tampons, and even hair-ties.

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Other things we made sure to stock up on were travel sized tooth brushes, tooth paste, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Having all these things on hand will give peace of mind to not only Derek and I, but to our guests in case they find themselves in a situation where they left something they needed at home.

Guest Bathroom Decor Ideas:

When decorating your guest bathroom, I find sticking to a neutral color pallet to be best. For this bathroom we stuck with gray and white linens to give everything a calm and neutral feel. This way when it comes time for the holidays we can add in a few festive touches without having to overhaul the entire space. 

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5 Best Specialty Pet Products

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With the holiday season around the corner, pet lovers often find themselves looking for gifts for their furry friends, or friends and family might be looking for gifts to get their human friends, who happen to be obsessed with their animals friends. Whether you're shopping for a human or an animal this holiday season, these specialty pet products will be well received by virtually any animal lover on your list. 

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The Best Specialty Pet Products

Pumpkin Treats From Fruitables:

If you're a pumpkin lover and need all things pumpkin spice in your life during the holiday season, you should definitely project those feelings onto your dog, right? Fruitables places a huge emphasis on fresh ingredients and animal health. Their Pumpkin Spice Skinny Minis are made with pumpkin, baked apple, and cinnamon, and are a low calorie indulgence for your pet you can feel good about. 

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The Pumpkin and Cranberry treats smell like muffins straight from the oven. We had so much fun playing with Chester and letting him try these treats. Our dog is actually extremely picky when it comes to dog treats (we've literally never found one he likes before these), and he ate several of these very quickly after we opened the package. I'm so glad to have found something he enjoys that also happens to be made with wholesome ingredients. 

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Best Pet Vacuum Cleaner:

If you're in the market for the best pet vacuum cleaner for hard wood floors, we've been loving the FloorRover Dash from Eureka! When we moved into our new home this summer, we realized how hard it was to keep hard floors looking clean. We'd always had carpet in our main living areas previously, and quickly learned that it must have been hiding a lot of our messy sins.

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Our hardwood floors show all the dirt and dog hair really easily, and I found myself going crazy with sweeping and trying to stay on top of it all. The FloorRover Dash from Eureka is perfect for pet owners who need a deep clean on all of their hard floor and carpeted surfaces. 

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Some of my favorite features are the HEPA filter which traps allergens that can stay in carpets and in the home. I also love the 12ft cord making it effortless for me to vacuum large open spaces without plugging and unplugging repeatedly. The FloorRover Dash is the best pet vacuum cleaner in my book, and is available at Walmart for only $159 which is an amazing price for this high quality vacuum cleaner.

Disinfecting Wipes from LemiShine:

I used to not be a huge fan of disinfecting wipes until I bought some on a whim a few months ago, and after having the luxury once I've become too comfortable and want them in my life all the time. I love the disinfecting wipes from LemiShine because they kill 99.9% of germs, including bacteria that cause Covid-19. LemiShine disinfecting wipes have been used in hospitals nationwide for over 10 years, and are now available to consumers at HEB and Kroger stores, and soon to be nationwide. 

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I love that these eco-friendly cleaning products are made from plant-based ingredients and don't leave harsh toxic chemicals on our home surfaces long after they've been used. As a mom to both a fur baby, and real human babies, this is a huge priority for me when bringing any disinfecting products into our home. 

Stain and Odor Remover From Kids 'n' Pets:

Lets's be real: kids and pets are both super messy. Whether it's your child spilling something on your couch, or your puppy bringing in muddy paws from outside, messes are inevitable. We have been longtime fans of Kids 'n' Pets. I love that their natural, non-toxic enzyme based formula breaks down biodegradable messes such as dirt, grass, blood, urine, etc... without the use of harsh chemicals, making it safe for your pets and children, while also not having to worry about it ruining the integrity of your carpets, sofas, or hard surfaces. Kids 'n' Pets can be purchased at Walmart and Home Depot.

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iDig from iFetch:

We shamelessly have one of the laziest dogs in the world. I know a lot of people have dogs that are super high energy and need to go on walks for miles and miles each day, but that has never really been our dog... thankfully. In an effort to help him get some more exercise we tried out the new iDig from iFetch with him and it was actually a pretty big hit! The iDig is a digging toy that has three flaps that you can hide toys and treats inside, and it stimulates your dogs mentally and physically, while satiating their innate desire to dig.

I was actually surprised by how fast our dog caught onto the idea and he may or may not have eaten quite a few dog treats in the process. This would be such a perfect dog gift for anyone you know who might be getting themselves a cute puppy under their tree this holiday season... or anyone with a dog for that matter! 

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4 Activities to Improve Mental Health #HowRightNow

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Over the last year I've been working really hard to be more open about mental health and my own personal experiences with anxiety, while also advocating for my readers and those who interact with me on social media to prioritize their own mental wellbeing. 


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I've teamed up with the #HowRightNow initiative to bring awareness to mental health and those who experience anxiety, depression, grief, etc...  #HowRightNow is an initiative funded through the CDC Foundation and they're encouraging everyone to take 10-15 minutes to prioritize their mental health through an activity of their choice on 10/15/2020. You can head over to howrightnow.org to learn more about this campaign.


Did you know that taking just 10-15 minutes for yourself each day to do something that you love can have a tremendously positive impact on your own mental wellbeing? I have always been very passionate about taking the time I need each day to do something to fill my own cup, so that I have love and energy to pour back into my family and other relationships. Finding that time to go on a run, read a book, work on a project, or do something by myself has been so valuable to me, especially during this pandemic. 

Activities to Improve Mental Health:

Take a Break:

Over the summer when the kids were home all the time I would literally take my yoga mat out to the backyard and just lay in the grass for 10-15 minutes just to feel the warm sun on my face and to sit in silence. I can't tell you how amazing that time was for me each day and I think it's something I totally need to start up again!

Wash Your Face/Hands in Cold Water:

Washing your face and hands in cold water is said to relieve tension. This is seriously one of my favorite things to do and feels so good when I'm starting to feel overwhelmed. I love heading into my bathroom and just holding my hands under the cold faucet and throwing some in my face too. I can instantly feel some of the stress leaving my body! 

Exercise:

You guys all know I love going on my daily run. This is something that is crucial for me. I love getting outside and just running through the neighborhoods in my area. There is something so therapeutic for me when I'm out on my run where I'm just able to process through all of my thoughts while also getting away from everything all at the same time! For other people this could look like a group fitness class, yoga, going on a walk or hike, the sky is really the limit! Just get your body moving!

Take a Break From The News and Social Media:

There is so much stressful news, thoughts, and opinions online right now. Sometimes it's good to tell yourself that you're not going to consume that information for a day or two, and just step away and put your time into something else. I know for me I personally need those breaks from time to time, and have even found value from using the "snooze" function on Facebook to mute certain posts from my feed for 30 days. Setting up your social media to work for your and not against you is crucial for your mental health!

For more ideas on things you can do to improve your emotional wellbeing, head on over to the howrightnow.org website where you can see even more ideas on things you can do during your 10-15 minute break each day!

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My Oral Care Routine

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Oral health and dentistry has always been an interest to me from a young age. Growing up going to the dentist was one of my very favorite things, I practically begged my parents for braces (and got to wear them for five years), and sometime between graduating high school, going to college, and becoming a mother, I became a licensed dental assistant. The field of dentistry, and keeping my own teeth healthy has been a major priority to me for most of my life. 


As I've gotten older I feel like my oral health routine has evolved beyond making sure I brush twice a day, to focusing a lot more on gum health and prolonging the longevity of my teeth and oral health. Within the last year I've noticed signs of gum sensitivity, so I've been hyper vigilant with keeping them as healthy as possible with three simple steps. 

Using a High Quality Mouthwash: 

I've recently started incorporating the LISTERINE® Gum Therapy Antiseptic Mouthwash into my routine and have been really pleased with the results so far. This mouthwash is ADA accepted which is something that is always important to me when choosing oral care items. I love that it's formulated with anti-plaque and anti-gingivitis essential oils to promote gum health and freshen breath. I also really love that it helps to clean below the gumline where brushing can't reach to help reverse the signs of early gum disease such as red, bleeding, and inflamed gums. 

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Not Brushing My Teeth So Hard

I noticed for several weeks that my gums were super sensitive, and when talking with another friend in the dental field we'd concluded that I was brushing way too hard. While I love brushing my teeth several times a day, I've been super mindful the last several weeks to be soft and not "scrub" at my teeth with my toothbrush. I've noticed less pain and sensitivity over the last week and I think the combination of LISTERINE® Gum Therapy Antiseptic Mouthwash, and being more mindful of my brushing is really working well together to get my mouth feeling better. 


Flossing Everyday: 

Flossing is the hardest habit in the world to keep up with right? Derek actually started flossing his teeth pretty regularly over the last few months which led to me feeling bad about not being in the habit of flossing, so I've been doing it more just to level up to Derek. Whatever the reason is, I've been doing it, and I definitely have less floss guilt in my life. Every dentist I've ever worked for has said, "You only have to floss the teeth you want to keep..." which sounds cliche, but there is definitely a reason why they say it! 


What do you do to prioritize your gum health? I've been loving the new LISTERINE® Gum Therapy Antiseptic Mouthwash. Be sure to pick some up on your next trip to Walmart!

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Industrial Modern Home Office Tour

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This year has certainly brought a lot of changes for our little family. A month ago we bought and moved into our new home, I'll be teaching physical education when school starts in August, I'll still be blogging once school starts and working in marketing for another local company. Derek also works 100% from home so with all these major needs, we definitely needed a home office space for Derek to use during the day, and for me to write, lesson plan, and do my other work in the evenings.

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Our Favorite Home Office Tools:
I'm typically a very organized person, but now that I'll be teaching grades K-8 in the fall, keeping my classes and lesson plans organized is important now more than ever. I have always been huge fan of G2 line from Pilot Pen. I love that they come in a wide variety of colors so I can use one color for each of my classes. G2 is also proven to be the longest writing gel ink pen that has smooth writing and a comfortable grip. I love that I can purchase the G2 18pk from Pilot Pen and be confident that it can last me through the school year.

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Another must in our home office are the Precise Marklighter2 premium dual tip creative marker. The Marklighter2 has a broad chisel tip as well as an extra fine tip designed to deliver ultra-smooth, vibrant, precision highlighting and creative writing experience. I love using these to highlight standards in curriculum that I need to include into my classes, or to mark key elements that I need revisit with my students. The Precise Marklighter2 also doesn't bleed through your paper, which is crucial for any teacher who doesn't want to ruin their lesson planner.


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How We Designed Our Home Office:
When I was planning out this office I wanted it to be a space that was aesthetically pleasing for me, but also a place that Derek felt comfortable working in as well. I leaned pretty masculine with the paint colors and furniture choices, and then let my personal style show through in the decor elements.


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We wanted to keep everything pretty simple with the streamlined and minimal furniture. I also hate clutter so we chose a desk that didn't have a lot drawers for things to get lost. We never really had a space to store any of our books that aren't children's books, and love that we now have the bookshelf to house them all!

Home Office Decorating Tips:
For this space we didn't want it to be cluttered with things we wouldn't be using, so we really tried to style it with purposeful items. I think books you already own make the best kind of decor, so we brought in a bunch of our favorites and styled them on the shelves. Then we brought in some plants to bring a little life into the room. Lastly, we grabbed this small globe (because every office needs a globe right?), and some vases to add to the shelf and it was complete!

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I find alternating the sides of the shelf with books on one side, and other items of the other side, and then doing the opposite on the next shelf is a really great way to balance out a bookshelf.

I'm so glad we have this space finished in time for the new school year, and that I'll be able to keep myself organized with help from Pilot Pen. Be sure to add the G2 gel ink pen packs, and the Precise Marklighter2 to your cart on your next trip to Target. When you shop in store you can get 20% off all Precise Pens & Markers from 7/19-7/25, 8/23-8/29, 9/6-9/12. 2) Get 20% off all G2 Pens from 7/19-7/25, 8/30-9/5

Self Care in the Summertime

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We've all been through a lot the last several months, and with everyone being home all the time, I personally feel like self-care is so important for one's mental and emotional well-being. I'm sure we've all felt like we're carrying a lot of the load in terms of our family's productivity, entertainment, and overall wellbeing, which is why it's so important to remember to carve out some time to care for ourselves, even if it's just an hour on the weekend. Providing that space for yourself is crucial. 


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My Favorite Form of Self Care in the Summertime:
I've always loved going to the beach during the summer whether that was the ocean, lake, or even a local pond like we have near where we live. Being in the water just feels like summer to me, and I love to take advantage of it when possible.

For me, this looks like loading up on sunscreen, putting on my bathing suit, and grabbing my Original Spring Float from SwimWays. The Original Spring Float has a hammock-like style that cradles your body just below the surface of the water, keeping you cool on hot summer days. I love using this float because with typical floats that hold you completely above the water, you get extremely hot a lot faster than you do with The Original Spring Float. Being partially submerged in water is amazing. 

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If you want something that helps you stay a little more upright instead of laying completely flat, I also really love the SwimWays Spring Float Recliner. You're still partially submerged in water where your seat is, but it allows you to have full upright back support, and a footrest. Perfect if you want to sit up and read a book!

What to do while you're out in the water:
If I'm out in the water floating on my own, I love to listen to an audiobook or some of my favorite music (thank goodness most phones are waterproof nowadays right? I love to let myself aimlessly float around while listening to something that is calming and relaxing. If music or a book isn't your thing, just simply enjoy the sounds of nature and being away from the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. This is also a great time to clear your mind and meditate. 

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Yoga on the beach:
Once you're done in the water, dry off and put your SwimWays float back in it's convenient carrying case, and then take some time to stretch and do a few yoga poses on the beach. This will help you to feel more relaxed before you head back home and get back into your normal routine! 

What is your favorite way to do self care in the summertime? We're so lucky to have several ponds and lakes that we can visit right now, and I'm so grateful to be able to take advantage of them and get a little head space! 

How to Make Money Blogging 2020

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On June 30th thehappyflammily.com will officially be nine-years-old. It's hard to believe I've kept this thing running for that long, and it's seen a lot of variations throughout the years. I had originally started the blog as a family journal and had another food blog called The Flammily Kitchen. Sometime around 2012 I merged the two sites and have been blogging here exclusively ever since. 

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I made a goal this year to start making a consistent full-time income blogging, and to do that I had to implement a lot of strategies that I haven't done the previous eight years on the internet. I've learned so much about how to make money blogging, and how to market your blog in 2020 that I've been able to hit some huge milestones, the biggest was signing onto a new ad network that has dramatically increased my ad revenue by over 2200%! Crazy right? Here are three things I'm doing to make money blogging in 2020.

Use Pinterest to Increase Blog Traffic:

I've had the biggest love-hate relationship with Pinterest since it's creation 10+ years ago. Every blogger I know says this is their number one traffic source and I just couldn't get it to work. This year I finally cracked the code on Pinterest and have taken my account form 100K monthly views, to over 2.6 million monthly views on my Pinterest account. This has led to a dramatic increase in traffic, and is the main reason behind me signing onto a new ad network. You can read all about my Pinterest strategy here.

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Russell Brunson 30 Day Challenge:

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you might have seen that I'm participating in a 30 Day Challenge. Russell Brunson recently published Traffic Secrets: The Underground Playbook For Filling Your Websites and Funnels With Your Dream Customers. I've been reading this book the last several weeks and have been implementing it's teachings to help build my site. It's all about identifying who your dream customers or visitors are, figuring out where they're hanging out online, and then being able to convert them to your site and business. By completing the 30-day challenge, you'll learn key strategies to increase your site traffic.

The biggest problem most entrepreneurs have isn't creating content for blogs, or amazing goods and services for business owners, it's getting their customers to discover that they even exist. Businesses start and fail each year because business owners don't understand the science behind getting customers or website visitors to find them.

It's honestly helped me really focus and identify where I want my blog to go in the future, and has given me tangible, actionable steps, that are evergreen and can be carried over to any platform, no matter what algorithm changes or social media platforms rise up in the future. If you're a business owner or blogger, you need to get your hands on a copy of Traffic Secrets.

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Learning The Basics Behind SEO:

SEO (search engine optimization) has been an illusive obstacle for me for ages. It's all about identifying the best keywords that people will search for on google, and then incorporating them into your content to make your page rank and have people see your site when they're searching online. Traffic Secrets: The Underground Playbook For Filling Your Websites and Funnels With Your Dream Customers, has a lot of great hands on activities that you can work through to help you identify what your keywords are so that you can implement this in your own business. I'm currently attempting to go through my old blog posts and re-write them to be more SEO friendly to increase my passive google traffic, which is pathetically almost existent currently. 

Are you a blogger or business owner? What have you found to be the best ways to get customers to your sites? I'd love to hear all about it in the comments below! 

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Trade Old Cell Phones for Cash with Trademore



This post is sponsored by Trademore. I was paid for this post. 

We are at the point with our move where we're too far to actually start packing, but are taking advantage of this time to declutter our closets and not take anything to the new house that we won't be needing.


We've had a box in our closet with a bunch of old cell phones for as long as I can remember. I had very little interest in bringing this box along for an eleventh move with our family, but also didn't want to dump it into a landfill. We've been taking a lot of steps as a family this year to be better stewards of the environment with recycling, so I wanted to make sure these phones went somewhere where they would be handled appropriately. 

In comes Trademore. I instantly loved that their website mentions all phones being sustainably repurposed or recycled. Their entire process from start to finish was super easy, and I can't recommend them enough if you're looking to get some cash for your old devices.


How to sell a phone with Trademore:

To sell a phone with Trademore, simply go to their website where you can find get the answer to, "How much is my phone worth?" Put in all the information about the make and model of your phone, the condition that it's in, and any other questions they ask, and then they will tell you how much money you can get for your phone.

Trademore will send you a recovery kit in the mail (that includes a return shipping label), where you can safely package your phone and send it back to them hassle free. Your quote that you receive from Trademore is good for 30 days, so be sure to send your phone back promptly when you get your recovery kit so that you don't see a delay in your payment being processed or run into any issues.


How does Trademore issue payments? 

Trademore issues payments through a virtual MasterCard or Paypal accounts. When you go to checkout on their website for your recovery kit, you enter the payment information that you would like to use when they issue your payment. It's a super easy process that only takes a few minutes to get started.

I'm so glad that I decided to make moving a litter easier on myself by getting a little cash in my pocket for selling my old phone, and not having to pack one extra thing to bring to the new house! Be sure to head on over to Trademore's website to find out how much cash you can get for your phone!






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Spicy Baked Salmon Recipe

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Now that summer is right around the corner we've been firing up the grill on our back deck and have started making some of our favorite summer dishes. A go-to meal that we have weekly in our house is this Spicy Asian Salmon Marinade. It's a meal that I know everyone will eat (including the kids) and is made with simple ingredients that we always have on hand.

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How to make this Spicy Baked Salmon Recipe:

The base to this marinade starts with 1/4 cup of Mazola Corn Oil. Mazola Corn Oil is a heart-healthy* cooking oil and creates marinades that make great-tasting food because it has a neutral taste that lets the natural flavor of your food stand out. Mazola has always been our go-to oil because it has a high smoke point of 450º, which makes it great for grilling and stir frying. Mazola Corn Oil also has more cholesterol-blocking plant sterols than other cooking oils* (4x more than olive oil, 3x more than vegetable (soybean) oil, and 1.3x more than canola oil.) Clinical studies indicate that when consumed as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, plant sterols can help reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the gut.

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How Long to Let Your Salmon Marinade For:

This is entirely up to you. You can prep this ahead of time by putting your salmon in the marinade the night before, but I typically put all my ingredients together in a gallon sized bag, and then let the fish sit in there and absorb the flavors while I'm waiting for the grill to heat up. I find it usually sits in there for about 10-15 minutes and still yields amazing flavor!

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What to Pair with Your Salmon:

When we make this Spicy Asian Salmon Marinade, we typically pair it with brussel sprouts and potatoes! To make these sides, we typically toss the veggies in a bit of Mazola Corn Oil, sprinkle them with salt and pepper, and then wrap them up in foil and let them cook on the grill along with the salmon. 




Spicy Baked Salmon Recipe

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Spicy Baked Salmon Recipe
Yield: 4
Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 20 MinInactive time: 30 MinTotal time: 55 Min
This Spicy Baked Salmon Recipe is the perfect weeknight meal that comes together in under 30 minutes that the entire family will love.

Ingredients

Spicy Baked Salmon Recipe
  • 1/4 cup Mazola Corn Oil
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos (or low sodium soy sauce)
  • 2 tbsp sriracha
  • 1-2lbs salmon

Instructions

  1. Combine your Mazola Corn Oil, pepper, salt, lemon juice, coconut aminos, and sriracha together in a gallon sized bag. Place your salmon inside the bag and make sure it's sealed tightly. Shake and mix everything together, and place it inside the fridge until you're ready to cook.
  2. Preheat your grill to 400º. Once your grill is heated, remove the salmon from the bag and wrap it in foil to place on the grill. Cook for 15-20 minutes with the lid closed, until the internal temperature has reached 145º.
  3. Once cooked, dish it up with your desired sides and serve immediately.

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