White Hot Review Board: The Brave Ones – Campaign for a Cure

imageHere is the ONE thing you need to know about “The Brave Ones”: Forward Thinking Music!
The Brave Ones are setting out to record their first full length album & battle breast cancer. How? Through their funding platform IndieGoGo,
THE BRAVE ONES have set out to raise $35K of which they will donate 15% to the Susan G. Komen foundation with the remaining funds going to help The Brave Ones record, produce, mix, master, duplicate, promote, and distribute this album. How can you help The Brave Ones reach their goal? Check out these amazing opportunities:
-$1 USD donation gives you a digital download of The Braves Ones album (May 2014).
-$25 USD donation gets you a phone call from a member of The Brave Ones personally thanking you for your donation along with a digital download of the full album.
-$100 USD donation earns you handwritten song lyrics to The Braves Ones song of your choice, The Braves Ones T Shirt, CD of the new album, and personal phone call from a band member.
-$1000 USD donation puts your name on band member Gene. Seriously! Gene will get your name tattooed on himself as a way of thanking you for your donation to this cause. All this plus a T shirt, CD of new album, picture of said tattoo, plus a phone call thanking you for your donation.
Intrigued? See THE BRAVE ONES funding platform site to see more donation options at the $15, $250, $5000 & $10000! Thumbs UP for The Brave Ones! XOXO, MotherStucker

MotherStucker’s Valentine Day HINT: SHART

image Yes…SHART! Think Shirt + Art = SHART 😉 SHART believes T-shirts represent memories and memories should be cherished and preserved! Surprise your Valentine OtherStuckers – See more & order online (FREE SHIPPING!) at SHART.COM XOXO, MotherStucker
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MOTHERSTUCKER MADE Superbowl Edition 2014: Blue Bean Salad

IMG_1670Thanks to OtherStucker Becky B. for her Amazing Blue Bean Salad recipe! Perfect for Superbowl Parties and Tailgating! This is my go to appetizer recipe for yummy + healthy + inexpensive and my entire family (including kiddos) absolutely love it! I usually make 2 batches – one for party purposes – the other to enjoy for a meal at home. Once batch costs less than $5 for all ingredients and fully feeds my family of 4 for dinner (<$1/25 per person ;)). Blue Bean Salad

Image2 t olive oil, divided
1 t oregano
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup cider vinegar
2, 16 oz. cans navy or cannelini beans
2 cups plum tomatoes, diced
1/3 cup sweet onion, chopped
1/2 crumbled blue cheese
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper

IMG_1669Heat 1 t oil over medium heat. Add oregano and garlic and cook about 30 seconds. Add vinegar and remove from heat. Combine remaining ingredients and pour vinegar mixture on top. Chill about 30 minutes. Serve with melba toast, crostini or crackers. In my prep for Superbowl 2014 I used wheat french bread and drizzled a tiny bit of my Wildtree Bacon Flavored Grapeseed Oil on the bread. I then popped the bread in the oven at 200 degrees until barely toasted, then topped the slices with Blue Bean Sald – FREAKING DELISH! Get ready to be asked for your recipe & Happy Superbowl 2014!

White Hot Review Board: Organic Herbal Face Food™

imageJust for a moment, take a step back in time with me OtherStuckers. Five years ago in 2009, I was preparing for my journey to the Mrs. America pageant as Mrs. Kentucky. Yes, the photo is of Florence Henderson (Mrs. Brady!), myself, and Robin Thicke Daddy – eat your heart out ;). This MotherStucker was 31 years *young* at the time and about to undergo my first chemical peel. Part of the Mrs. Kentucky prize package included the procedure and to be honest, I needed it. Occasionally I would deal with a small cystic acne breakout and I had some mild sun spot damage to boot (nah-really? In the photo I look like a baked potato!). The chemical peel certainly helped but with a few drawbacks.
1. It burned like the 7th layer of hell.
2. Setting up the appointment, driving to the appointment, etc. were all disruptive to my schedule.
3. I mentally scarred a bank teller, the dry cleaner and my children as I picked them up from school fresh from my chemical peel appointment. My face was red and raw ;(
4. Peeling – oh vey. Not attractive and lasted for days.
5. Although my initial chemical peel was a gift, subsequent visits for the same procedure (recommended every 4 -6 weeks) are very expensive!
imageFast forward to 2014… (both photos below taken January of this year) and lucky for me, 5 years later I now know about Organic Herbal Face Food™. Not going to lie — Herbal Face Food ™ will heat up on your skin — This hot sensation is a good sign that the product is indeed working and an indication that the powerful plant antioxidants are stimulating and healing your skin cells. I use the product nightly before bed and it is in no way near as intense as the burning sensation of my chemical peel experience. imageHowever, I get the same great results that I do from a chemical peel! Check out the Organic Herbal Face Food™ Facebook Page plus Testimonials for more information about the first organic, edible, 100% plant based super anti-oxidant skin serum. If you have specific questions feel free to leave a comment below or check out the Organic Herbal Face Food™ Website . Go get your GLOW ON with GORGEOUS skin! Even Mr. Stucker approves! XOXO, MotherStucker

DIY Mommy Blog!

imageNearly three years ago, I accepted a personal challenge to start a blog. Quickly I realized the construction of a successful blog requires equal parts soul searching and experimentation. This blog (WELCOME OTHERSTUCKERS!) is now best known for my Mom DIY feature “MADE” as well as my “White Hot Review Board” featuring family-friendly products and services. Fresh from Bloggy Conference (Sandusky, OH) and knee deep in preparation for 2014 blog features, here are my tips on how to start your own blog!
1. Pick a topic. You can change it when you really know what you’re doing. This is like dating. Pick something that seems good, and if it isn’t, try again. Don’t get hung up on a topic. As in dating, you’ll know when you’ve found one that’s the right fit. Pick something that interests you or pick something that will help your career. Ignore your fears of looking foolish. Ignore the voices that say you can’t do this.
2. Spend two seconds choosing software. Ignore the fact that there are lots of choices. I will give you two: Blogger or WordPress. Pick one. It doesn’t matter which one. Click on the home page where it says open an account. Don’t worry about what you click during setup. It’s very hard to do damage that you can’t fix later.
3. Ignore buzzwords. RSS, SEO, VA, AdSense, Technorati, and Digg are all strange new terms that you will figure out along the way. If you have a buzzword stuck in your head and you’re not sure if it belongs on the ignore list, assume it does.
4. Post something right now. Don’t tell yourself you’ll do it tomorrow. Blogging is about the courage to say something. Don’t worry about being silly because trust me, no one is reading your blog – yet. Post anything. You can nix bad posts later. For now, just start writing.
5. Practice, practice, practice. Post, post, post. Soon you’ll find the link button and make a link. Maybe you’ll find a category button and make a category. Maybe you won’t find those buttons for weeks. Don’t worry. You’re practicing. If you happen to write something really good you can feature it later, when people are reading and following your blog.
When you get to number five, and you’ve made it through a month, please go back over this article and start thinking about all the things I encouraged you to ignore. Continue pushing your blog in the direction of your desired goals. Do you wish to network with others in your field? Are you looking to help other Moms? Do you wish to monetize your christyphillipsmitchellblog? Whatever your goal(s), building brands, changing careers, launching a business – these endeavors are all much easier once you have established yourself online. The work you are doing today pays off in the future when your blog provides instant legitimacy! Just do it! XOXO!

Valentines Day DIY Sweepstakes

Let’s get crafty for Valentine’s Day! We’re featuring beautiful DIY projects from the Guidecentral community and around the web. Pin your heart out & win! Want to win 1 of 6 $25.00 Amazon Gift Cards? Its easy, OtherStuckers! Winners will be announced 2/23/14 – Here are the #5 steps to enter.
1. Click the PIN IT TO WIN IT “Guidecentral” (pink) button to your right —> (Directly under my Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ Buttons near the top of this main page).
2. Follow Guidecentral’s Pinterest Board and RePin the images you like OR pin your own inspiration with the hashtag #ValentinesDIY.
3. Enter you email on the form provided.
4. Enter your PIN url on the form provided.
5. Hit “Enter to WIN” button!
Can’t wait to see and repin your #ValentinesDIY pins!image

STUCK on LE TOTE

_MG_9259LE TOTE is a fashion rental service that gives women access to an infinite closet of garments & accessories. Shipping is free both ways! I am a LE TOTE gal myself & I am extremely pleased with the products themselves & the service overall has been excellent. I can hardly wait for my next tote to arrive as they carry boutique brands & designer garments found at upscale stores and sites such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s Nordstrom, ShopBop, Piperlime, & Anthropologie. As a LE TOTE member you may also also choose to purchase items at deep discounts up to 80% off retail price.
How LE TOTE Works – Super Simple! Only pay $49 per month & you do the following:

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-Check out the site LE TOTE & Sign Up
-Add items to your virtual closet. The more items you heart (<3) the more likely you are to receive the items you really want. So many new arrivals! -When you get the tote of three garments & two accessories wear as many times as you want. Keep as long as you want with no return dates & no late fees. If you love something & want to purchase, simply hang onto it. No need to leave home to shop and no need to do laundry. -When you're ready for another tote, simply send all the items back (that you don't want to keep) in the prepaid envelope. LE TOTE will then send you another shipment immediately. Receive new & fashionable pieces to wear to work brunch, dates, night out with the girls or happy hour! MotherStucker readers get $10 off during your first month with LE TOTE!!! At checkout the “Discount Code” box is right below the “insurance” option. Click it, and a box will pop up for your “Enter Code” and input: LETOTESTYLE10

<3 Who Do You Love <3?

Valentines Day is on the way!  This year I was aiming to help create quick, inexpensive and cute cards that both my Pre-K and Pre-Teen would love to make and give.  Thanks to www.Pinterest.com for inspiration and www.DSW.com for your adorable shopping bags readily (already) available at MotherStucker headquarters!

Materials:

-Large Googly Eyes (approx. 10 for $1.99)

-1 piece of heart themed scrapbook paper (approx $0.60)

-Natural wrapping paper or shopping bag (whatever you have handy!)

-Large hole punch (make sure it is large enough to work with your googly eye size)

-Pen or marker and scissors and glue

Cut your Natural wrapping paper or shopping bag into squares.  Most of ours ended up around 5” x 7” size (give or take).  Fold in half.  For a neater looking card round off the edges (not including the edges that are part of your fold).  Use the hole punch to punch a hole in the front of the card (only) near the far top left of your card.  Cut your scrapbook paper into small hearts.  Glue your googly eye to the inside of the card – be sure to “eyeball” the newly punched hole on the front to make sure it lines up with your googly eye inside.  Glue your heart next to the punched hole on the front of the card.  Allow to dry flat.  When dry use your marker or pen to write “you!” (U?) on the front of the card.  Decorate the inside as you wish.  Sign!  Give with <3 XOXOXOXO 

*MotherStucker $:  I had enough shopping bag paper to make 40 cards.  I purchased 40 googly eyes ($7.96), 1 piece of scrapbook paper ($0.60).  The rest of the materials I had on hand.  Approx. MotherStucker cost per piece $$0.22 🙂

MotherStucker MADE: TACO TUESDAY

5 HOT DAMN STARS from all the OtherStuckers! Serves: Up to 10
Get you some on the FIRST TACO TUESDAY of 2014. Makes 6 cups or 15-20 tacos.
Ingredients:
-2 lb. boiling potatoes (about 4 large)
-1 lb. Mexican or Spanish chorizo
-1 15 oz. can of black beans (rinsed & drained)
-2 tsp. dried oregano, preferably Mexican, crumbled
-Kosher salt
-15 to 20 6-inch corn tortillas, warmed. I <3 Blue Corn shells for this recipe. -Queso fresco, for serving (optional) -Guacamole, for serving (optional). I bought pre made Guac from the store. Don't judge. -Sliced Jalapeños for serving (optional). imagePeel the potatoes and cut them into 1⁄2-inch dices. Cook in a saucepan of boiling salted water until they are just cooked through and still hold their shape, about 10 minutes (feels like eternity). Drain.

This was my first experience cooking with chorizo. I’m a chorizo ho’ at any restaurant that serves this delicious south of the border meat treat. MotherStucker had to specifically ask for chorizo (insert appropriate sausage fest joke here) today at the grocery butcher counter. A few snickers (te he ;)) later I was pointed in the right direction. Remove the casings from the chorizo and crumble the meat. Cook the chorizo in a large skillet over medium heat –stirring– for 5 minutes. Add the potato and oregano and cook –stirring– for 5 minutes. Cooking chorizo is breezy once you master the constant stirring thing. Easy peasy.

Make tacos with the taco shell, chorizo/potato/oregano mix, black beans, guacamole, jalapeños and queso fresco, if using. Eat it up. Your welcome!

Resolution Solution 2014: Soul

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-Powerful Anti-inflammatory & Analgesic (pain-killing)
-Immune & Allergy Support
-Potent Antioxidant for Heart & Anti-Aging
-Supports healthy blood sugar & pressure
-Energy, Mental Focus, & Improved Sleep.
Click link below for your VIP Invitation! It’s Time to Discover Rain! XOXO, MotherStucker

Sverve turns #1 & U Win!

imageSverve is a self service influencer marketing platform connecting female influencers with the right brands for paid opportunities and peers for social networking. I met Sverve’s founder at Bloggy Con #13 and impressed by all that is going on at Sverve. Celebrating their #1 anniversary all January long, Sverve has a winning opportunity for you on Pinterest. Want to win 1 of 5 $50.00 Amazon Gift Cards? Its easy, OtherStuckers! Winners will be announced 2/2/14 – Here are the #5 steps to enter.
1. Click the PIN IT TO WIN IT “Sverve” button to your right —> (Directly under my Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ Buttons near the top of this main page).
2. Follow Sverve’s Pinterest Board (search Sverve) and RePin the images you like OR pin your own inspiration with the hashtag #SverveTurns1.
3. Enter you email on the form provided.
4. Enter your PIN url on the form provided.
5. Hit “Enter to WIN” button!
Can’t wait to see and repin your #SverveTurns1 pins!mothersday

Resolution Solution 2014: Fruitgrass

[youtube]http://youtu.be/NAOp5qCXMqY[/youtube]1_POS_PackageThe more we age, the more attention we need to pay to our nutrition if we want to feel and remain healthy. Drive-thru meals, processed foods, alcohol, the lack of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet – they all take their toll on your well being, not to mention the chemicals and toxins in our daily environment over which we have no control. All of these things can wreak havoc on our health: they cause us to age prematurely. Slow down the clock and take control with Fruitgrass – Order now to get the January special! XOXO, MotherStucker

MotherStucker MADE: Jalapeño Cornbread Muffins

imagePerfect for Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, or Supper!

Ingredients:
Sliced Jalapeños (how many is up to you!)
1 pkg. Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
1 egg
1/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease muffin pans or use paper baking cups. Blend ingredients. Batter will be slightly lumpy. For maximum crown on muffins let batter rest for 3 to 4 minutes, stir lightly before filling cups. Fill muffin cups 1/2 full. Add 1 Jalapeño slice to the top of each muffin receptacle (or more if you like!). Bake 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with a pat of butter – DELISH!image

Begin Your CHESSY Adventure…

Yamie Chess, a Harvard/MIT math PhD-endorsed K-8 math learning aid for kids’ STEM education is launching at New York Toy Fair 2014 (Booth #5954)! The company’s first learning aid, “The Adventures of Tigermore” and “Mind Angels” has been reviewed by International Master Jeremy Silman (the US chess champ who created the chess scene in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone). There are too many of our kids failing at math in school, and Yamie Chess, designed by a group of MIT, Caltech and Stanford engineers is hoping to do something about that. Check out the Yamie Chess Educational Mission! Play Today! Checkmate OtherStuckers! XOXO, MotherStuckerYC_1

Resolution Solution 2014: Solutions 2 Break the Mold

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Kim_LogoKim Cullen is a MOM just like us and wants to help you determine and obtain your goals in 2014! Has debt, low energy, or poor health plagued you in the past? Check out Kim’s Story and her website MotherStucker’s Resolution Solution 2014: Solutions 2 Break the Mold plus her Facebook Page: Solutions 2 Break the Mold. XOXO, MotherStucker

Baby ME in 2014

imageMy kiddos love sleeping the night away in their Sleeping Bags from Personalize My Baby Blanket. I love the option to personalize their baby bedding and baby blankets, plus superior sleeping bag quality, great service and low cost $5 Flat rate shipping – Free Shipping on orders over $50! Once you try a Sleeping Bag from Personalize My Baby Blanket for your baby, you will love giving them to friends for baby showers, new baby gifts, etc.!
View all the Sleeping Bag options available at Personalize My Baby Blanket – Sleeping Bags because Summer & Winter options are available! Happy New Year Baby! XOXO, MotherStuckerupdated_logo2

Text Etiquette 2014

Happy New Year – Lets talk Texting! Both my father and daughter received new phones during the Holiday season and are now starting to text. Help! Below is a sample crash course on (what not to do), “Texting 101”. Plus – bonus tips for how to stop texting offenders in their tracks!

The Novelist: I’m willing to bet that someone you text with sends such long messages to your phone that you have to scroll through their messages screen by screen when you are extremely busy and you wish they would shorten their stories before you lose your sanity. Yea – just like that! 😉 To stop a Novelist, feel free to use my texting equation: Time It Takes You to Type a Response x Importance of Message + Years of My Life in Which I Didn’t Know You ÷ How Many Hours of Sleep I Got Last Night = SHORTEN YOUR TEXT MESSAGES!

The Double Messenger: Of course you screen calls. Everyone does. I assume sometimes you’re in the middle of something and sometimes you just don’t feel like talking. However, your phone is still working, and you see the missed call and the voice message alert. So why — why?! — do certain people feel the need to send a text letting you know that they just left a message? To stop the Double Messenger, text back, “What’s next, a carrier pigeon?”.

The Bulk Texter: An example of what a series of texts from this person looks like:
Text 1: “Hey!
Text 2: What’s up?
Text 3: What are you doing tonight?
Text 4: Some of us are going to meet for pizza on the patio at 7pm tonight.
Text 5: Around 10 of us from the neighborhood
Text 6: It’s going to be me, Alison, Alicia, Casey, Cheryl, Toni and all the girls
Text 7: Are you coming?
Text 8: Let us know
Text 9: Bye!
Text 10: LOL!”

An example of what that exchange should look like:
“Hey, meet us on the patio for pizza at 7pm!”.

To stop the Bulk Texter, here is an example of what you could text back:
Text 1: Please
Text 2: never
Text 3: text
Text 4: me
Text 5: this
Text 6: way
Text 7: again. 
(one-minute pause)
Text 8: Really!

The Show &Teller:
This person texts non-stop about something (job, love life, grandchild, pet, school, food, etc.) that they feel either very positive or very negative about and they want to share it with you, all the time. Sigh. Even an Earth-shattering story becomes mundane when you get texts on THAT topic over and over. The Show & Teller will probably even want you to hold their phone and read their incoming texts (on topic) when you are physically in the Show & Tellers presence. Oh vey. You will likely hear, “Oh my gosh, look at what he said now!”, “Ha Ha and Aww, look at this one!!”. Sheesh! To stop the Show & Teller, give them a dose of their own medicine. “Hey, look what my Mom said about her gallbladder!”, “Wow, you won’t believe how I’m planning to organize my sock drawer!”, “Sweet! My dog is wagging her tail. Oh, she’s doing it again!!”.

Happy Texting! Please don’t text and drive! Have a safe and happy 2014!

Resolution Solution 2014: Xerveo

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imageWelcome to the MotherStucker’s Resolution Solution 2014! Get healthy in 2014 with Xerveo! Check out Xerveo’s website & Facebook page (just click on the blue links below!) to view the incredible results! MotherStucker’s Resolution Solution 2014: Xerveo & Xerveo on Facebook XOXO, MotherStucker

Warming Up to Winter!

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Wintertime will be here soon, and there’s so much to do before the season arrives! Looking for foolproof methods to declutter and streamline daily family operations/activities? Start by setting a two-step family focus before the cold sets in: COZY home and wintry FUN for all!

Project COZY Home: Make a list. There are lots of changes ahead, so get organized. Pack all of your summer/fall gear in containers and get out your winter supplies. Every family member can help prepare for the season ahead with age- appropriate tasks.

Warm your home from the inside out. Apply weather stripping (found at your local hardware store) to windows and doors to keep drafty, cold air out if needed. Increase home insulation to keep heat retention up and check your heating system to ensure it’s operating properly. Invest in a space heater for a little supplemental warmth and always be sure to unplug it when not in use. Gather the necessary supplies for your chimney (or outdoor chiminea) for when the temperatures really get chilly.

imageRefresh throw blankets, bedding and comforters with a fresh wash and dry. If you have flannel sheets in the linen closet, now is the time to make the switch. Likewise, make sure all family members have enough cozy clothing to bundle up. Slippers, warm pajamas and fuzzy socks are great ways to feel warmer. Store summer clothing and accessories away to make room for coats, hats, mittens and boots needed for the upcoming months. Donate any outgrown items to shelters. However, hang on to one festive holiday sweater per family member and perhaps a household oddity. To be discussed a bit later…

Project Wintry FUN: Now that your home preparation list has begun (maybe even completed?), get ready to have fun! Prepare all your outdoor cold weather gear for action. Now is the time to make sure sleds, skis, shovels and snowboards are in good operating condition. Perfect weather for optimal use will soon be on the way!

imageSometimes, going outside isn’t an option, so make sure you have indoor activities available. Board games, card games, trivia, puzzles, flash cards and video games should be placed in bookshelves so they’re easy to reach. Have each family member make a wish list of books they would like to read over winter. Stock up on family favorites and any new titles you want to read, but haven’t found the time to do so. Also list any DVDs you’ve been planning to watch but haven’t. The winter season is a good time to catch up on old and new favorites!

As a family, decide on a theme for your holiday decorations this year. Make the house festive together! Doing so will minimize clutter and create a festive space every member of your family can be proud of. Invite friends and family over to enjoy time together in your freshly decorated and organized space. Remember the festive holiday sweaters you saved earlier? Why not host a (tacky?) holiday sweater gathering and have guests bring a “white elephant” item to exchange? All in for cozy, fun times!

MotherStucker’s Video Kudos: The Whimzy and Whammy of Chase and Chance Double Trouble

photo-6 So excited to give my kiddos this Kindle Edition Book by Sharon Archibald this Holiday Season! Entertaining, Wholesome and Affordable! Check out the great illustrations and get your own at the link below! XOXO, MotherStucker MotherStucker’s Video Kudos:
The Whimzy and Whammy of Chase and Chance Double Trouble

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MotherStucker’s Video Kudos: Vibrant Pets

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IMG_3333Don’t forget your Pets this Holiday Season! The entire Vibrant Pets product line provides the support your pet needs to maintain a healthy life. Developed by Small Animal & Equine Veterinarians, Animal & Human Nutrionists, as well as Animal Feed Experts — Vibrant Pets has 8+ years of research & development — MotherStucker knows a healthy pet is a happy pet & a healthy pet has a happy owner. To order & for more information: MotherStucker’s Video Kudos: Vibrant Pets

1st Day of MotherStucker Xmas

window_candle_with_solar_recharging_unitI certainly don’t need a “Partridge in a Pear Tree” but I DO need THESE solar window candles for my MotherStucker Holiday Decor! These solar window candles have a detachable solar panel so that several window candles can be charged from one unit. OtherStuckers, you can even use the Solar Window Candle to charge your cellphone or smartphone! Charges even on cloudy days. XOXO, MotherStucker First Day of Christmas: Solar Window Candle

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