Amber Jefferies

Amber Jefferies

Monday, August 1, 2016

Easy Wardrobe Solutions

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Two of life's greatest struggles... dog hair and being too short. Scotch™Essentials are easy to use and I use them everyday to help with these problems. 
The Scotch™Essentials Adjustable Hem Tape is a life saver for shorties like me! It is great for changing a hem without the commitment. It's good to use on jeans, skirts, dresses, pants and more. There is no ironing or sewing required.
I just got a new pair of jeans and I'm not lying when I say they're about 5 inches too long. I used the adjustable hem tape to hold the hem in place when I rolled them up. The strips are easy to use: just peel of the outer layer, stick where you want to hold the hem, and press firmly so that it stays in place.

The Scotch™Essentials Permanent Hem Bonding Strips are just as great as the adjustable hem tape, but they're... permanent. They work on more than just clothing! Try them on curtains, table runners or pillow cases. You can even use them to preserve old hemlines that have begun to fray.
One product I cannot live without... the Scotch-Brite™ Lint Roller! I love my Cannon boy, but geesh! He sheds like CRAZY. The lint roller helps keep my clothes and furniture lint, fuzz and hair free. 

I found these great products at my local Target in the aisle with the sewing machines and accessories. Stop by and use this coupon to save $1.00 on any Scotch™Essentials product from now through September 2, 2016! See more tips for ways to use your favorite Scotch™Essentials products here!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

3 Summer Recipes + A Giveaway!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KingOfFlavor #CollectiveBias
 
 
Summer is the season of outdoor entertaining. You may not always be the hostess, so I wanted to share three easy recipes to take with you on your summer outings! I used the El Yucateco® hot sauces to add unique flavor to each of my dishes.
 
El Yucateco® is the #1 consumer choice. I can see why with their assortment of fun, flavorful sauces. I especially liked these for on-the-go dishes because the small bottles are easy to take with you. I can carry El Yucateco® in my purse, take it camping, to a friends BBQ or to my favorite restaurant. The options are endless.

Below are 3 dishes that are easy to take to your next picnic, backyard bbq or pool party. It hasn't been easy to get out this summer between the rain and the scorching heat, but we have definitely taken advantage of the few nice days we've had. If you love getting outdoors in the summer, check out this great giveaway from El Yucateco®.
 
El Yucateco® is giving entrants the chance to win a one-of-a-kind custom designed surfboard, camping packages and MORE!



Chicken Salad
1 Lb Chicken Breast, Shredded
1/2 C Diced Onion
1/3 C Dried Cranberries
1/4 C Chopped Pecans
1/2 C Plain Greek Yogurt
1/4 C Diced Celery
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
1/2 Tsp Garlic Powder
Salt and Pepper
2 Tbsp El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero Sauce
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Mix all ingredients together.


*Add 2 Tbsp of the El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero sauce to add a little kick to your chicken salad and then serve over crackers. The Red Habanero sauce is a great all-purpose sauce for everything from bloody marys, shrimp cocktail or wings.


Cheeseburger Meatballs
1 Onion, Minced
1 Lb Steak, Diced
8 Oz Bacon, Cooked and Chopped
1 Lb Ground Beef
6 Oz Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Grated
3 Lg Eggs
1/2 C Bread Crumbs
Salt and Pepper
2 Tbsp El Yucateco® Black Label ReserveSauce
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Heat oven to 450 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the steak, ground beef, cooled bacon, onions, cheese, eggs, breadcrumbs, salt and pepper. Mix lightly but thoroughly.
Roll the mixture into balls, packing firmly. Roast for 20 minutes, or until firm and cooked through.


*Add 2 Tbsp of the El Yucateco® Black Label Reserve sauce to your meatball mixture to add a smoky flavor. The Black Label Reserve is the newest addition to the El Yucateco® collection and is made from fire roasted habaneros to get the unique, smoky taste. This sauce pairs well with red meats or hearty stews and chili.


Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers
6 Tbsp Honey
3 Tbsp Soy Sauce
3 Tbsp Rice Vinegar
1 Lb Shrimp, Peeled and Deveined
Chunks of Pineapple
Red Onion, Chopped into Chunks
2 Tbsp El Yucateco® Green Chile Habanero Sauce
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Mix the honey, soy sauce and rice vinegar. Add the pineapple, shrimp and onion to the skewers. Brush the sauce over the skewers and grill.

*The El Yucateco® Green Chile Habanero sauce was my favorite. This #1 seller has a tangy flavor that blends well into dips. It pairs best with lighter foods, such as chicken, fish and vegetables. For my shrimp skewers, I added 2 Tbsp to my honey, soy sauce and rice vinegar mixture before brushing it onto the skewers.




El Yucateco® sauces can be found in many stores, but I found mine at HEB. Find them in the aisle with the other hot sauces and condiments.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Bringing the Tropics to Your Backyard

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This is my first summer EVER that I won't be heading to the warm, sandy beaches of somewhere tropical for a summer vacation. So sad! So I figured if I couldn't go there, I would bring the tropics to my backyard. I hosted a tropical themed backyard picnic for my family this past weekend.
 
 
I have to preface this blog post by reminding you that I have a 90 pound labrador retriever, Cannon. He's cute. He's super sweet. But he sheds A LOT and the dander does not always leave our house smelling great.
 
 
Before guests arrived, I washed all of the picnic blankets in the all® Fresh Tropical Mist™ laundry detergent. Not only did it get rid of the "dog smell" and fight tough stains, but it also left a hint of the aromas of the tropics. It has a fresh, tropical scent that makes you feel like you're on a Caribbean island. Tropical Mist is all®'s newest scent. I actually found mine at Dollar General, but it is available at a number of other retailers.
 
 
I thought this detergent was great for preparing for my event, but it was even better for cleaning up afterwards. all® Fresh Tropical Mist™ has trusted stain fighting power that fights tough grass stains, mud stains and food stains. It contains in-wash pre-treaters for great stain removal!

Another plus is that all costs 30% less than the leading brand. I got my detergent for $5!



Here are some tips for hosting your own tropical picnic:

Picnic blanket is a must.
I feel like this is obvious but wanted to throw it in anyways! I used these.
 
 
Cute, tropical decor!
I love these pineapple bowls! I also love this tray that we used.

Make sure your guests stay cool.
Soak some small washcloths in lemon water and freeze them. Set them out when your guests arrive to help them stay cool throughout the evening.

Repel the bugs!
We used these lanterns to hold citronella candles to keep bugs away!

Bring the sensory experience of the tropics to life.

Tie the tropical theme into what you choose to serve.
 
I made these mini pinapple upside-down cakes. They were so easy! I will post the recipe next week!
 
 
Overall, this was such a fun way to make our backyard feel like a vacation. [even if it was just for a few hours]
 
I found this detergent at Dollar General. To find NEW fresh tropical mist in a store near you, visit all®'s website and click Where To Buy!". Use this coupon to save $1 off of your product purchase. See how others are keeping this freshness alive here.
 
How do you celebrate summer in your home when you can't get away?

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Favorites

It's Christmas in July! Here are some of my very favorite picks from the nSale this year!
 
Clothing Picks
 
Now is such a good time to stock up on your favorite designer denim!


BP. Ruffle Hem Shirt [under $28!!]

 
My Burberry jacket was my favorite purchase from last year!

 





 
 
 
 
Love this!!


 
I stock up on these every year! Best leggings ever!
 
 
Shoe Picks

 
 
Maybe I'll finally pull the trigger on these this year!



 
 
Handbag & Accessory Picks
 
 
Best home fragrance ever!

 
Possibly my FAVORITE pick from the whole sale!

 
 
Beauty Picks
 
Bobbi Brown brushes are my favorite!


 
Great time to catch these on sale!

 


 
Great time to stock up on this too!
 
 
Happy shopping! What are your favorite picks??
 
xo