Car Cleaning Basics for Every Mom

It will happen eventually. It doesn’t matter if you don’t let the kid eat in the car or give them goldfish by throwing them over your shoulder. Your car is going to get messy. How do we minimize the damage?

I let my four year old eat in the car, but limit what he eats. There isn’t soup or shredded cheese being consumed. But every day when I pick him up from daycare, I bring a snack – goldfish, red bell peppers, gummies (on Fridays).

Last week, my four year old threw up in the car. Not just a little but the kind that I had to spend almost an hour getting it out of the nooks and crannies. Here are the bare necessities.

A good vacuum

Ideally, you have an outlet in your garage or close to your car outside. If this isn’t the case, you need a GOOD handheld vacuum.

Thankfully, I have both! Vacuums you plug in typically get better suction and therefore it takes less effort to get goldfish and other crumbs or dirt out of your car.

For a corded vacuum, I have the Shark DuoClean Lift-Away. This vacuum is incredible. I thought all corded vacuums were created equal until this. It glides well and is able to get up anything in it’s path. I pull this out every few times I clean the car for a good deep clean.

For a cordless vacuum, the Dyson V8 is perfect! It comes with attachments to make it a great size for the car and still works well on your floors. I have mine mounted on the wall in my laundry room so that I can grab it quickly when I need to clean up a mess in the kitchen as well. It’s light weight and high performing!

Seat protectors

I have never been as happy to have a good seat protector as this past weekends vomit episode. It caught some of the mess and was easy to clean. It has caught handfuls of goldfish crumbs and M&Ms that melted in the summer heat.

The one linked above has a small pouch with a mess netting at the bottom. I use it to collect trash and then take it inside whenever I remember and my hands aren’t already full.


This depends on the car you have. If your seats are leather, you can grab something basic like this. A pack of microfiber cloths will allow you to clean the leather gently.

If you have fabric seats, there is a similar option (linked here)!


If you figure this one out, let me know! I am still looking for a good deal on it.

August 30th Week Meals

If you haven’t checked out, you are missing out! It allows you to save recipes to your account and then place them on the calendar to plan out your week. The best part is that the recipes can be from anywhere and not only does it bring them into the site in a cute fashion, but it allows you to add them to a grocery list and then push what you want to the grocery store of your choice!!! GUYS!!! This allows you to just check out and go pick up your groceries. MIND BLOWN and so much time saved.

Here are our meals for this week:

You can click through these links below to see them on whisk!

Monday – Vegetarian Enchilada Casserole + Portabella Mushroom “ground beef”

We are working to have a meatless meal occasionally but are trying out the mushroom alternative. I will go light on the cheese on the enchiladas.

Tuesday – One pan Chicken, sweet potato, kale and craisins

I love a good salad with craisins. I eat the Taylor Farms Kale and Craisins salad almost every day for lunch. This adds goat cheese. It’s going to be so good!

Wednesday – One pan Balsamic Chicken and Veggies

This calls for chicken thighs, but for some reason I just can’t bring myself to cook them… I think it’s because I have never done it well. Chicken breasts, it is.

Thursday – Meatball taco bowls

Is it even possible to eat a version of taco bowls too often? We do it at least once a week. This calls for ground beef but we had a ton of red meat last week, so we are swapping it out for ground turkey or ground chicken.

Friday – Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken and veggies

I’ll sub the soy sauce with coconut aminos and again, chicken thighs for breasts.

Butternut pasta with sausage and spinach

This one is GOOD! Per usual, we subbed a few things.

1. Frozen butternut squash

2. Sweet sausage instead of spicy

3. Banza noodles instead of wheat

It comes from Skinny Taste One & Done .



1 lb butternut squash frozen

10 ounces pasta of choice

11 ounces sweet Italian sausage

1 tbs whipped butter

1/4 c minced shallots

3 garlic cloves, minced

Fresh black pepper

2 c roughly chopped spinach

2 tbs Parmesan, plus some for serving

4 fresh sage leaves, thinly sliced


Microwave your squash per the instructions on the bag. Blend with 1/4 c water until smooth.

Cook pasta per instructions but reserve 1 c of pasta water. Drain the rest.

On medium heat, brown sausage – breaking it into little pieces as it cookes (4-5 minutes). Transfer to a plate.

Melt butter in medium-low in pan. Add shallots and garlic. Cook, stirring, until golden (5-6 minutes). Pour puréed butternut squash in and season with 1/4 tsp salt and pepper to taste. Stir in 3/4 of pasta water to thin. Add more if needed.

Stir in spinach, Parmesan and sage. Add cooked pasta and sausage. Stir until combined. Serve with extra cheese!

Meals for the week – August 9th

We have been in a rut but to take care of my body means fueling it with what it needs. That’s impossible without having the right food on hand.

I plan Monday through Thursday and stay flexible on the day we actually make it. Life happens!

All these are out of the skinny taste cookbook!


Creamy butternut pasta with spicy sausage and spinach


Turkey breast with sweet potatoes, green beans and gravy


Carne Asada Fries


Chicken Katsu with Sesame-Pineapple Slaw

NSale Workout Picks

I will always start with the disclaimer that you should never go into debt over any of this! Target has some good stuff (and Walmart) with workout clothes too. I got a killer workout top from Amazon for $16.

The Nordstrom sale is open to the top tier loyalty customers and things are already starting to sell out. Make sure that you keep an eye out for things to come back in stock though so people return what they don’t want to keep.

My favorites consist of a log of Ado and Zella leggings and top with a little Adidas thrown in. Shop the items below here or by clicking the image. If you don’t have a Nordstrom card, just hold out until your access is open! Here is a link to the details on when it’s open and there is an image below. I’ll be shopping at the “Influencer” cardmember level and will update with things still in stock.

These are the top of my list. I have them in black and adore them!

Here are the rest of my picks!

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies

These are the best cookies you will ever eat. Well that is, if you like chocolate and deliciousness and a cookie that keeps its shape.

The original recipe is here, but I did modify. I put my version below.

First, I went with a dutched cocoa powder instead of the regular. It’s a little less acidic and the one I happened to grab out of the pantry. Most stores sell it, but it will be labelled differently than the regular. It has to say “Dutch” in some form.

My second change was that I used some dark chocolate chips. That’s what we keep on hand around here. But I didn’t have a full amount so it ended up being about half semi sweet and half dark chocolate. I need to make a grocery store order….

Third, I left out the nuts. My four year old is allergic to all nuts so it’s a pass.

Fourth, I always use unsalted butter. I didn’t add any extra salt to compensate.

Finally and most importantly, we added marshmallows. Trust me, it’s soooo worth it.

  • 1 cup Butter, unsalted
  • 1 ½ cups Sugars, granulated
  • 2 Egg, whole, raw, fresh
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour, white, all-purpose, enriched, bleached
  • ⅔ cup Dutched Cocoa powder, unsweetened
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • Large Marshmallows

Step 1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Step 2 In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips and walnuts. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Step 3 Bake for 6 to 8 minutes in the preheated oven, or just almost set. You want them to be gooey because you are going to put them back in.

Step 4 Carefully remove the cookies from the oven and change the over to broil. Top each cookie with a large marshmallow and put back in the oven.

Step 5 Cook for about a minute until the marshmallows lightly brown on top. Take out and cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Nordstrom Sale – Home Edition

With the NSale coming soon, you are going to hear the buzz from bloggers and friends alike. Keep in mind, these things will go on sale again. You might find a great dupe at Walmart! Don’t believe the hype to the point that you get click happy.

That being said… I love this sale. There are deals you can get on great things that are enjoyable to purchase. I shop Nordstrom because they have a phenominal return policy and I can trust the brands to be good quality. Nordstrom Rack is my best friend.

You can click the image for their full return policy.

What caught my eye in the home department

I have linked it all in the app and you can access it here! Make sure you love the items that you want to come back and shop for the fastest access once you are able to shop.

I am looking for pillows for my master bedroom. I love the white with the cross pattern and the size options. I’m excited about the white bath rug. This could go in anyone’s bathroom and the price is great!

The grey towel set is a pretty good deal and the quality will be stellar.

The pink blanket comes in multiple colors. Key thing here is that it is a Barefoot dreams blanket. It’s top knotch quality and sooooooo soft.

I don’t need bedding but this one caught my eye and the pillows are on sale as well.

Loft Sales – 60% off, extra 20% on tops and FREE SHIPPING with no minimum

Loft’s sales have been out of control good. I am thrilled that even though they declared bankruptcy, they are revamping and are going to stick around.

Right now, not only is everything 60% off with code CYBER, it is an extra 20% off tops and free shipping with no minimum! That’s insanity.

Here are my picks! There is so much more available. Make sure you check out the sale section too because that’s an extra 60% off!


Smocked Yoke Bubble Hem Top $49.50 $15.84

Ribbed Racerback Outfit-Making Tank $22.50 = $7.20

Striped Dolman Shirt $54.50 = $17.44

Something in me adores this shirt! You can wear it untucked for a cute summer vibe or half tucked for a little more of a styled look!

Ruffle Sleeve Linnen Tee $29.99 = $12

I have this top and love it! It’s effortless to throw on but has some flare.

Hoodie Top $54.50 = $17.44


Lou & Grey Signature Softblend Sweatpants $59.60 = $27.80

I gifted a pair of these to my mom and mother-in-law last year. They are SOOO GOOD.


Sunglow Stretch Bracelet Set $29.50 $11.80

Coin charm Necklace $34.50 = $13.80

Sunglow Drop Earrings $29.50 =

Braided Satin Headband $19.50 = $7.80

Floral Necklace $29.99 = $12

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde – Sometimes you just need easy

I have been making this crock pot recipe for over a year at this point, and it never gets old. There are periods of time that I make this weekly and keep the ingredients on hand at all times!

The cookbook that the base recipe originates from is Practically Paleo. I make it a little different. One, it’s not in a dutch oven. I’m sure that’s delicious, but the crockpot is wonderful and so easy! I opt for the chicken breasts instead of the choice between breasts or thighs. Chicken broth does well vs the bone broth and the garlic is preminced in a jar instead of smashed cloves. I use regular olive oil instead of extra virgin as I don’t keep extra virgin on hand due to it’s lower heat point without losing nutrients! It has to be easier than the recipe, though this isn’t a complex one. This is hacking the working mom after all.

The recipe in the book lists serving it with crispy plantain chips. They are good! However, my favorite way to serve it is with russet potatoes sliced in long pieces and baked at 400 degrees after being tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper for about 25 minutes (flip halfway through).

slow-cooked salsa verde chicken

  • 3 pounds chicken breasts
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 1 tbs preminced garlic in a jar
  • 1 jar (24 oz) salsa verde
  • 1/3 c chicken broth
  • 1/4 c tomato paste
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs paprika
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves (don’t skip them)

Throw it all in the crock pot! Seriously…. that’s it 🙂 And cook on low for 5-8 hours. Once done, shred it in the sauce and enjoy! Top with avocado, cilantro, and tomatoes if desired.

Serve on top of russet potatoes, quinoa, cauliflower rice, or your choice of grain/starch!