Creating an Atmosphere of Ease and Comfort in Your Home with Floor & Decor

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#ChicagonistaLIVE Floor and Decor

My family and I like to watch the home renovation shows, so much so that my youngest daughter asks “Are they going to love it or are they going to list it?” even if it’s not THAT show. When we purchased our current home, we thought it would be our in-between home, after our townhome and before a bigger home. However, with the housing market the way it is and our kids growing older, we’ve realized that we will probably end up staying in this home for quite a while. That being said, we’re always looking for ways to spruce it up, change the look, and eventually, add another bedroom (or two), and possibly another bathroom to it. Having watched the home renovation shows, we know that you can either do it yourself (DIY) or hire a contractor to do it. Either way, you’ll definitely want to check out Floor & Decor for your project needs.

I had the opportunity to visit their newest location in Skokie, IL, and take a tour with one of their designers, Cynthia. One tip I have for you if you are planning on visiting Floor & Decor is to make sure you give yourself a lot of time to walk around and see everything they have to offer. It’s amazing to see the wide selection they carry for everything from sinks to flooring. My favorite thing about Floor and Decor is that they have designers for you to utilize while you are at the store, and the service is free. They can help you plan your project and work with you and your contractor to find what you need to complete your projects. They also offer great tips and suggestions to help your project go more smoothly.

Here’s Cynthia sharing a great time-saving tip when putting up your bathroom walls:

These are just a few of the things that I enjoyed checking out while I was there:
– Sinks (they have a fabulous red sink – my favorite color)
– Outlet plates (I never knew there could be so many different styles and colors out there)
– Tiles (in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures)
– Flooring (also in all different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures – my favorite one is the easiest to install and looks like wood, but is actually laminate)
– Products made in the USA (you can easily find these throughout the store because they are packaged in green boxes)

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The Chicagonista LIVE! show was on location there and some bloggers, including me, were invited to share one of our favorite products at Floor & Decor. Watch the episode to find out what I chose! They also featured some tips from Floor & Decor experts, a fun science experiment with Kim Moldofsky of The Maker Mom, and a few other goodies.

Plus, Erin Skibinski of Everyday Home and I couldn’t resist having a little fun while we were checking out the different setups at Floor & Decor. The good news is that you could do this, too, while you are there! They encourage you to try out the different things so you can imagine yourself in those settings.

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Let me know what you would like to check out at Floor & Decor!

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Fourth of July Games for Kids

Valpak Fourth of July Games

Visit Valpak’s “Behind the Blue” and check out my article, “Fun Games for July 4th Celebrations.” In it, I give you eight ideas on some fun games for kids and families perfect for your 4th of July parties. These are also great ideas you can use to keep the kids from getting bored all summer long!

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{#Recipe} Tilapia Stuffed Peppers – Gorton’s Seafood Challenge

[tweetherder]Try out this Tilapia Stuffed Peppers #recipe we made for the @gortonsseafood challenge! Delicious![/tweetherder]

We took the Gorton’s Seafood Challenge and tried our hand at making their Tilapia Stuffed Peppers recipe. It turned out amazingly well and delicious!

Tilapia Stuffed Peppers

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

4 servings

1 stuffed pepper

Tilapia Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients

  • 2 Gorton's Signature Grilled Tilapia Fillets
  • 4 bell peppers, medium size
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 cups rice, prepared
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. Prepare Gorton's Signature Grilled Tilapia Fillets according to package directions, then lower oven temperature to 375°F.
  2. In the meantime, core, seed and cut 1/4" off tops of peppers.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add peppers, cook 3 minutes, rinse in cold water and drain.
  4. Spray a small non-stick skillet with non-stick spray and sauté onion and celery for 5-7 minutes over medium-high heat.
  5. Blend prepared rice, onions, celery, cilantro, salt, pepper and cooked Tilapia fillets in a large bowl, breaking fillets into chunks.
  6. Evenly distribute rice mixture into each bell pepper, place in a baking dish, add 1 cup water around peppers, bake at 375°F for 20-25 minutes and enjoy!

Notes

This recipe is a slightly modified version from www.gortons.com/recipe. We used white rice versus brown rice.

https://staging.asavingswow.com/2013/03/tilapia-stuffed-peppers-recipe/

You can visit Gorton’s Facebook page and enter the Gorton’s Seafood Challenge.  Gorton’s also features this recipe, among many others, on their website. Be sure to check them out and let us know which ones you decide to try.  We’re always on the lookout for tasty meals to add to our family’s list of favorites!

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{#FastFiveMeals} Meal Planning Recipe – Kielbasa, Potatoes and Peppers

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Kielbasa Recipe Ingredients

Our newest workshop is about Meal Planning and Cooking Shortcuts, so we participated in a recipe swap with some of our fellow Savings.com DealPro Ambassadors who are also teaching this workshop around the country. The goal was to share some Fast Five Meal recipes (recipes you can make in less time than it takes to order a pizza and have it delivered).

The recipe we received in the swap was shared by Sara of Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring for Kielbasa, Potatoes, and Peppers. It didn’t take long at all to make this meal. It took only 10 minutes of prep time with cutting up the kielbasa and vegetables. Once it was done cooking, it looked so appealing with all of the vibrant colors. The best thing is that it tastes so delicious!

Kielbasa, Potatoes & Peppers

Kielbasa, Potatoes & Peppers

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil (1 TBSP)
  • Kielbasa (1 lb.)
  • Red potatoes
  • Red peppers
  • Yellow peppers
  • Green peppers

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in pan.
  2. Put in quartered potatoes and sliced kielbasa.
  3. Cover and cook for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Cut pepper into strips and cut in halves.
  5. Add and cook for additional 5 minutes.
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This is just one of the recipes we’re sharing in the Fast Five Meals recipe swap. To view more of the recipes, check out the recipe swap board on Pinterest.

Tiffany of My Litter received our recipe for Torta.  Check out her post and see how she liked it!

Make sure you sign up for our Meal Planning and Cooking Shortcuts Workshop on Wednesday, April 3rd from 7 to 9 PM at Panera Bread, 2775 Showplace Drive, #123, Naperville, IL. It’s only $10 per person and you’ll get lots of tips and recipes, such as these, to help you save time and money getting food on the table! You can also enter to win a pair tickets through March 26th. Good luck!

Check out more recipes from our recipe swap here:

If you are not in the Chicago-area, check out the other Meal Planning workshops being held throughout the country!

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