Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Cooking meals in my Instant Pot is something I love to do. I still get a tiny bit nervous when trying a new Instant pot recipe and have had several fails or things I would do differently the next time I make it. But this Tuscan Chicken Pasta was super easy to make and it turned out great!

When I took these pictures it was the middle of winter so it gets dark around 4 pm and our lighting is terrible. Obviously.

  • 3 cup chicken broth (I typically use low sodium)
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes sun-dried without oil or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 lbs chicken breast diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 12 oz whole wheat pasta
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup cottage cheese
  • 2/3 cup parmesan
  • 1 tsp dried
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  1. Use sauté mode on your Instant Pot and add sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Sauté for about 30-45 seconds.
  2. Add the chicken and then brown for 1-2 minutes, stirring to keep the chicken from sticking.
  3. Next, add the pasta and chicken broth to the pot. Stir to make sure pasta is covered.
  4. Put on the lib and turn the pressure valve to sealing. Use the manual setting and cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. When the time is up quick release
  5. While the pasta is cooking, blend together the cottage cheese and Greek yogurt to make a cream sauce. Set it aside until ready to use.
  6. Remove the Instant Pot lid and stir the noodles and pasta. While the pasta is still hot, add the parmesan cheese, spinach, and basil. Mix the pasta until the cheese melts and the spinach wilts.
  7. Pour the blended cream sauce over the pasta. Stir it until all the pasta is covered in sauce. Serve immediately.

Put an End to Bad Brushing with Disclosing Tablets

I received this product free for review, however, all opinions are my own. 

Today I am sharing a really fun and useful tool. It's Plaque Highlighters. Do you remember using these as a kid? I remember my dentist giving me these at check-ups and for whatever reason, I thought they were super cool. So my kids have used these plaque disclosing tablets a few times and I think they are a great tool for several reasons. 

Plaque highlighters temporarily highlight plaque and tartar buildup with a vivid pink. Kids are challenged to brush away all the color & learn good habits along the way! Encourage good brushing techniques now that will last a lifetime.

It's Simple: Chew 1 tablet, swish & rinse to allow to color to visibly highlight the tartar & plaque.
Brush, rinse, floss, repeat until all the stains are gone!

They come in a package of 30, so they will last a while too! Perfect for getting those kids used to where their plaque might be building up. 

So here is Summer before. She just finished lunch and I told her not to brush her teeth before we did this: 

After she chewed and swished:

After a super good brush and floss:

Looks great, doesn't it? I love that the plaque highlighters are just that, a highlighter to show Summer where she needs to brush better at and see spots she might have otherwise missed! It's a great disclosing agent to keep the kids accountable. 

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Soccer camp with Challenger Sports

Soccer Camp is so much fun! Summer loves to play soccer and she is pretty good at it too. But camp lets the kids learn the game a little more in depth and helps them fix things that maybe they are doing incorrectly as well. But overall, it's just a fun week! This was Summer's second year of camp and you can check out last year's camp HERE

This year I had chosen to do camp at the end of June, but because of a shortage of soccer coaches her camp week was merged with the camp in August, so that's when we went. She was provided with the cool jersey (shown in the photo above) and we were told she would receive her ball on the first day of camp. However, due to a ball shortage, the balls didn't arrive in time for camp and she used the one from last year. 

Challenger Sports is the largest Soccer camp company in North America. And they do camps all over as well. Make sure that you check out HERE for a camp near you!

This year was a little different from last for a few reasons. Last year she had female coaches and this year were two males. For one, girls just teach different than boys, which isn't a bad thing, it was just different. 

This year there were several older boys at camp and they basically just wanted to show off how far they could kick the ball, even if that meant kicking over the goal and into oncoming traffic. The coaches, not being too much older than the kids themselves, and not being parents, I think just didn't know how to handle that. And it was a little frustrating watching nothing being done day after day. Not really the coached fault, there is only so much they can do, but annoying for the kids to start and stop every time these kids wanted to act out. 

Overall, Summer had a lot of fun and learned some new things. The soccer balls didn't come in until after camp was over and we received an email letting us know they were available to pick up. Due to the fact that we live about 45 minutes away, I let them know they could just donate ours because it wasn't really worth a trip to pick up a ball and it was a little disappointing that they didn't just pop it in the mail to her. But it is what it is. 

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Summer's 8th Birthday

I'm a little late on sharing Summer's birthday party. This past year was pretty low key because we didn't want a "big" party. We just invited a few close friends and it was perfect. The last couple of years Summer has wanted to do a "campout" and sleep in the back yard. I haven't been able to commit to that level of a sleepover just yet so we did a camp-themed party instead. 

It was basic and easy and the kids had fun! 

We decided to do a fun little painting project, painting these little birdhouses that I found at Michaels. They were only .99! And thanks to DecoArt as they provided all of the paint that we used. 

The girls (And poor Tyler, always the only boy!) picked out their paint colors, just adding a small amount to a paper plate. Then using foam brushed they got to paint their birdhouse however they liked. 

After their birdhouses were painted they played a few games outside then came back for campfire cupcakes. Summer found a picture on pinterest that she wanted to recreate so that's just what we did! She was super happy with how they turned out! 

It was a super fun party and Summer had a great time! 
On her actual birthday, she picked to have this strawberry pretzel dessert. I love that she chose this because none of us are big cake eaters! And this is a family favorite! So this is 8 and it looks pretty good! 

Gifts for Girls from SmitCo

I received this product free for review, however, all opinions are my own. 

If you have a younger girl, you know how much they love journals, fun pens and stickers! At least mine does! Summer is such a fun mix between a girly girl and a tomboy, she really loves activities of all sorts. But she's like her mama, and especially loves to journal. That's why I loved being able to give her this Diary set from SmitCo. 

How cute is this? It came with a Journal, stickers, pen and even a little book light.

These 5-star products include Gifts for Girls ages 4 to 14 plus Body Exfoliating Products and Wooden Wine Glass Racks for mom! All are made in the USA.

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How cute are these? I love this little light! 

Summer loves everything emoji so this was perfect for her! 

I love that the lines are close together, but not small, because as Summer perfects her handwriting, sometimes it's still a little bit on the larger size of letters. 

This is such a cute set from SmitCo, make sure you check them out on Amazon or their website and use the coupon code I shared above. 

You can see Summer wasted no time using her stickers! 

Love yourself with Manscaped

I was provided a product free for review, however, all opinions are my own. 

Valentine's Day is right around the corner. And if you are thinking about what to get your husband, this might just be the perfect gift. 

Manscaped sent me their bestseller, The Lawnmower 3.0! It is an ultra-premium trimmer designed for groin and body trimming.

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Tyler turns 10!

Tyler's 10th birthday party was a fun day! He asked for it to be a "spooky" theme, so his friends came over a few days before his actual birthday and they played spooky games and had a lot of nerf gun wars! 

They ate spooky eyeball jello, and veggies with ranch that was inside a pumpkin, and mummy dogs and they were constantly moving and I hardly took and pictures! 

When the evening was over and his friends went home we played Star Wars Monopoly, which is Monopoly is his FAVORITE, with the new game he just had received from his friend Deacon. 

Then on his actual birthday, he requested homemade Big Macs, like always, and pumpkin pie, like always. He's a creature of habit! He got some super fun gifts too! 

It was a great way to spend a 10th Birthday! Happy Birthday, Tyler! 

Challenger Sports Soccer Camp

Last Winter I had a really fun opportunity presented to me for a soccer camp during the summertime. Summer is 7 and she loves soccer! I knew this would be perfect for her and I jumped at the chance to do this for her! She loves being active and being around other people and the hot weather. I knew everything about this experience would put her in her element!

Originally scheduled the June session, for 1 week and chose half days. I wasn't sure if a full day would be too long for my 7 year old and just decided to stick with a three-hour session. Obviously, this darn pandemic had different plans for all of us and I didn't know how this would impact soccer camp, but a short time later we got an update that the first session was cancelled and we got switched to the August session. Luckily that worked for us as far as our schedule, because our schedule was pretty empty, other than going to the lake!

Before our session, Challenger Sports sent Summer this super cool jersey and she was excited to wear it the first day of camp! She also got a t-shirt and a ball on the first day when she met her coaches, Callie and Elise.

Challenger Sports, the largest soccer camp company in North America is coming to a community near you and bringing over 30 years of coaching experience. Their international staff will work with your players to teach a fun, technical and tactical curriculum that's filled with training sessions from five of the world's leading soccer nations.

Challenger's International Soccer Camp offers instructional camp programs for all age and ability levels! The TinyTykes program, ages 2-5, provides fundamental soccer activities, games, and stories; designed to enhance technical skills along with physical and social development.

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They started the day by exercising, doing drills, games and had so much fun! It was a super hot week! They gave time for tons of water breaks to make sure the kids were well hydrated!

Because of the pandemic they had markers on the ground so the kids knew which area was theirs. That way they keep their distance from one another. They wore masks when they were in a closer range group. But mostly they were distanced and playing soccer and just having fun!

My girl loved her time with Challenger Internation soccer camp and will definitely do it again! She learned so much while having fun, which is the most important thing when you are 7!

And her coach, Elise, was awesome! She was so nice, knowledgable, and so easy for the kids to get along with! Summer just adored her! Elise had tons for drills and games for the kids to do to work on their soccer skills!

If you are in need of a soccer camp for your kiddos, check out Challenger International Soccer camps. I am so happy with how they managed everything and would definitely use them again!

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